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Liselotte Wajstedt

In the beginning of March, my body started to itch. I had to get out of Stockholm. I know how it feels to not be able to breathe, because I have pollen allergies and astma, and they clog my lungs every year. If the catastrophe was to happen, I need to be with my family in Kiruna. The earth feels closer to me up north. That’s where I want to be in case of a crisis. The prime minister says on the radio that it’s common sense not to travel from Stockholm. That hurt, because of course I have normal common sense.

The train was scheduled for 6 PM, and three hours before the train left I started to realize that I couldn’t leave. I sat across from my 10 year old daughter and cried, and said that we probably couldn’t go. She started to prepare for this, and started packing up, before throwing herself onto the couch. Then my mother texted me: Come home!Two hours before the train left, I realized that we HAVE to leave. 

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:03:00
Language Swedish & Sami languages
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2020
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About the artist

Liselotte Wajstedt

Based in Stockholm, Liselotte is a Sámi multimedia artist from Kiruna whose work spans film and video, collage, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, and installation. Her experimental moving image body of work comprises over two dozen shorts and feature-length films. Spanning hybrid documentary, experimental media, music video, dance, and fiction films, Wajstedt mobilizes many different styles and techniques in the service of her politics and aesthetics, including animation, claymation, stop-motion, and superimposition.

Many of Wajstedt’s films engage explicitly or implicitly with multiple and hybrid subject positions, as evident in A Sami in the City (2007), Sami Daughter Joik (2008), A Soul in a City (2011), Kiruna Space Road (2013), The Lost One (2014), Kiruna the drift block, Bromsgatan, Kvarteret Ortdrivaren och The Girl Kiruna (2020). Behind her she has an education in painting and free arts; Project programme in Video art as well as animation and experimental filmmaking with special emphasis on documentary storytelling and scriptwriting; Bachelor of Arts in Expression in Convergent Media, 2010 at Gotland University.