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John Skoog

This is a subtle reenactment of the topography and filmmaking in the American West. It lingers on the iconographic imagery and atmospheric resonance of places and their geographical meaning from earlier films.

Skoog seems to suggest a layering of cultural artifacts (the history of American filmmaking) within geography itself. At this point we can never look at Monument Valley outside the scope of a John Ford film. However, Skoog attempts to make these landscapes appear anew by escalating their filmic heritage. Landscapes cannot talk, even though movies can.

Prod. format
Duration 00:15:00
Color BW
Sound Stereo
Year 2014
Latest screening Sep 24, 2021
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About the artist

John Skoog

John Skoog (b.1985 Kvidinge) graduated from the Städelschule-Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt in 2012.
His work has been shown at film festivals and art museums around the world, for example: the Berlin International Film Festival, Moderna Museet and Index Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm, Museum of the Moving Image & PS1 MOMA in New York, IDFA, London Film Festival, True/False, MuMoK: Modern Museum in Wien, Rotterdam International Film Festival and the MMK: Modern Museum in Frankfurt am Main. In 2013 he won the Ars-Viva preis and 2014 the Baloise Art Prize. His first feature film Säsong/Ridge won CPH:DOX 2019. John has been the professor of film at the Art Academy in Mainz since 2016.