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Bystanders
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Petra Lindholm

In the video Bystanders, the artist tries to give shape, via images, words and sounds, to her perception of the frequencies emitted by the earth’s surface. The lyrics stem from her walks in the forest as in an intimate dialogue between the artist and Mother Earth. It is an unconscious process where short fragments of reality are developed and turned into a dream-like flow of images. Another starting point was the so-called Schumann resonance which is said to be the heartbeat of the earth and has long measured a frequency pulsation of 7.83 Hz. “Good morning! It is a sunny day again” echoes at the start of the video whilst multiple, fiery suns rise simultaneously. If poetically emotional yet powerful images warn us of the rise in temperature on our planet, the image of the sun also reminds us of the warmth, the prosperity in the universe. Later we hear, “Rainbow, did you see the rainbow?” accompanied by recorded images depicting a hurricane forming. Then, the arrival of luminous particles dispersing in the sky donates a layer of positive energy. These visual hints evoked by the video to stimulate the bystander are amplified by the audio tracks with atmospheric sounds, samplings, voices, and singing. Other sequences in the video show flight of the bees, yellowing forests, blazing sirens, airport runways, railway platforms. If many associations spring to mind of the onlooker, the ideas of the transit, passage, and mutation are quite spontaneous. Everything is in continuous evolution. Change is the fundamental principle of life.

Excerpt from text by Lorella Scacco 

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:15:57
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2020
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About the artist

Petra Lindholm

Petra Lindholm (b. 1973 in Karis, Finland) lives and works in Småland, Sweden. She is educated at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm (1996–2001). She has exhibited at galleries, museums and institutions in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland, Italy and the US. Petra Lindholm works mainly with video, textile and sound. Her films do not have a specific narrative structure. They are focused on nuances and changes in color and image; which creates a tense atmosphere rather than a clear-cut story. Lindholm often depicts situations that are easily recognizable or phenomena in the environment, where the real and ordinary things seem unreal. She composes the music for the films and sings herself. In 2001 she received the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation’s Artist Award, 2002 the FilmForm Award and in 2006 she won third prize in the Carnegie Art Award. In 2018 the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm awarded her the prestigious Axel Theofron Sandberg Prize. Her works are represented in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum, Borås Konstmuseum, Västerås Konstmuseum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki. EMMA–Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, ProArtibus, Finland among others. In recent years she has completed a number of larger public commissions working with site-specific sculptures and installations.

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