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Passion of Rememberance
Salad Hilowle

Passion of Remembrance weaves together collective memories from television shows and popular culture of 1990s Sweden with a very personal memory landscape of growing up in Sweden while black. The film contains both staged scenes shot on 35 and 16 mm film stock and clips from television. Hilowle reformu­lates and injects new meaning into images, nature, and landscapes that carry connotations of the folkloric paintings of Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson, quintes­sential Swedishness. He offers a black gaze on cultural artifacts that construct, limit, and attribute meaning to our understanding of who belongs and who doesn’t—an act of claiming and longing for a space that can become home. Who can be the goddess of the northern prairie? 

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:26:14
Language Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2020
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About the artist

Salad Hilowle

Salad Hilowle is a filmmaker and artist. His artistic practice revolves around identity, memories and place, His short film “Letter to Sweden” was shortlisted for Goldbaggenomination, and an honorary mention in Tempo Documentary Festival for best short film. The same film was also seen by more than 1 million on TV in 2017. In the same year, Hilowle made artistic decoration at the IFO house in Tierp. 2018

Salad Hilowle grew up in Gävle. He has studied film in Los Angeles at Glendale Community College. After that, he trained as a cultural producer at Linköping University and worked with film and TV productions in Oslo, among other places. His first short film Erinra (2015) was directed, edited, written and photographed by Hilowle during his studies at Konstfack. For his efforts, he was awarded the Filmstadens Kulturstipendium and one of Sweden’s largest scholarships from the Siblings Karin and Erik Engman’s scholarship fund. Hilowle’s second short film Letter to Sweden (2017) received a lot of attention in festival circles and was shown at film festivals around Europe. In 2018, he took his master’s degree in free art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Hilowle’s cinematography challenges the general picture of what documentary photography is by constantly oscillating between video art and contemporary documentation. Something that distinguishes his two later works Waryaa (2018) and City No. 13 (2020). In 2020, he was awarded the Bernadotte Scholarship for his project Vanus Labor (2021) in making people of African origin visible in Swedish art history.