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Opus
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Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter

Opus is an experimental video about violence and power, which is expressed in symbolic imagery. The film language challenges concepts of power in images of chains and when a mouse in lifted up in its tail and screams helplessly. The music has a nervy, creepy feeling, expressing fear and terror. I had many thoughts about violence and torture when I made this video and this is reflected in the overexposed images, as a painted flow of injustices. This is a recurring theme in my videos and is treated in an earlier video “I saw”, which portrays the unimaginable violence after the collapse of Yugoslavia. (A video which was selected by the Netherlands’ Media Centre to be part of a compilation tape and which was shown at public institutions in Holland).

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Duration 00:04:00
Year 1998
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About the artist

Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter

Born in 1955 in Toronto, Canada. Living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.

Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughters’ education includes The Royal College of Arts in Stockholm, Jan Van Eyck Akademie Film and video department Maastricht, the Netherlands, PAB Photographic Artist´s Book program, Royal Institute of Art, Performativ Kritik, Royal Institute of Art. Graduated with an MFA from College for Art, Craft, and Design in Stockholm. She works as a film and video artist, curator and writes film critique. She is a founder of the Native Moving Images contemporary film/Video, Stockholm 2012.

Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter has been selected for EWVA – European Women Video Artists. The selection includes artworks by some of the most influential European women artists who were video pioneers in the 1970s and 1980s. http://www.ewva.ac.uk/ http://www.ewva.ac.uk/artists.html

As a video artist Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter creates experimental video art, installations, and performances. In 1996, she received one of Filmforms honorary fellowships for her work with the digital moving image. She continues to work with the moving image, mainly working on experimental documentaries. Her work has been screened at international film-festivals in Sweden and around the world including Gothenburg film festival, Sweden, Montreal Exhibitions and Activities; Video et art electronic, Canada, Living Art Museum Reyjkavik, Island, Wide World Video festival The Netherlands, The Modern Museum Stockholm, Sweden, Videó Art E´lectronic, Montreal Canada, Galleri Time Based Art, Amsterdam, 2016 EWVA European Woman Video Artist, BNL Media Art Festival, Roma 2016 DJCAD Centrespace, University of Dundee / England, 2016 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stories of the Anthropocene Stockholm 2017, Japan, Sapporo International Conference on Policy towards indigenous peoples lesson, among others.

Represented fin Art Tape # 3 Community Artcentres Holland Delft Leiden Amsterdam, Deventer, 1995 ”NIKE” Swedish Television. Sweden, Represented at the Modern Art Museum Stockholm

She has made several video installations and experiments during an intensive period of exploration of the moving digital image during the time at the Jan Van Eyck Academie a research platform. Her interest in current affairs, in combination with the moving image, is a significant theme in her work. She has continued to work with experimental digital moving image and has made over 40 works and installations.

In 1986, she started to teach moving image( Video Art) at the College for Art, Craft and Design Stockholm in Stockholm, where she worked with video art and technology with students for some years. These were the first training courses in video and digital technology in Sweden.

She developed a KU-research in video streaming with the project titled ‘Survival’ at The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm and training courses in animation. Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter has been at the board of Video Now, Filmform, Crac ( Creative room for Art and Computing.) and at Fylkingen – Ny musik och intermedia in Stockholm.

For several years she worked with the “Tiger” choreographer Anne Külper and Ingrid Olterman with various video works and installations. She filmed Virpii Pakkinen and Jukka Korpi’s first piece Altar1987.

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