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Saskia Holmkvist & Corina Oprea & Ellen Nyman

Per capita Sweden is one of the world’s largest weapon exporters in parallel with the self-promotion of a peace-making nation worldwide. Intertwined in the narrative presented in the film, the authors are building a replica of one of Sweden´s most sold hand held weapons. The film Sicherheit (German for “Security”) made collaboratively by Saskia Holmkvist, Ellen Nyman & Corina Oprea stresses the construction of colonial modernity in the Swedish imaginary. Through a research process the authors seek to endow the image of Swedish weapon industry with a contextual agency. By linking it to people, places of importance to the production of weapons as Karlskoga, Luleå and Göteborg and events whose intersection within a wide variety of imagery gives rise to linking western security with paths of migration, the film tests History in terms of the present. The resulting trajectories effectively link established discourses, proposing transcultural and political re-readings.

The film’s title refers to the term Sicherheit used by the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman to describe how security solutions are built on a false sense of security, – which can only be compensated for with more security, since they create more fear out of which an escalation of conflict follows. In the work with the film connections are drawn between questions of security, migration and weapon export in order to approach a self-image of a country like Sweden. 

Keywords Documentary, immigration, Society, Defense, Essay
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:21:57
Language Swedish & English & Serbian & Arabic
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2017
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About the artists

Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist´s work is a long-term research-based practice, where the art-making builds on contextual involvement and is concerned with exploring the limits of translation and how it shapes and forms relations and historical trajectories, in particular on agency. The work combines aspects of ethnography and theatre to create films and performance that relate through past artworks, language, and contested history. Always working with a diverse array of people from a variety of backgrounds, Holmkvist considers these individuals as the main agents of the transformative potential in creating non-linear narratives, suggesting alternative readings or possibilities, juxtaposing documentary with fiction and storytelling. Holmkvist works in a circular mode of connectivity, bringing together themes of historic erasure and limits of translation through critical listening, oral speculation, repetitions into works of performance and film installations.

Corina Oprea

Corina Oprea

Corina Oprea is a curator, editor and educator, focusing on contemporary art, visual and performance culture. Oprea is the co-editor of the collection book Climate: Our Right to Breathe, she has served as Managing Editor of L’Internationale Online, the digital platform for research and arts of a network of over 15 leading European museums and arts organizations and as lecturer at HDK-Valand, Gothenburg. Between 2017 and 2018, she was Artistic Director of Konsthall C, in Stockholm, with a program on Decolonization in the North. Corina holds a PhD from University of Loughborough-UK, with the thesis ‘The End of the Curator – on curatorial acts as collective production of knowledge’ and is curator of Timisoara 2023- European Capital of Culture and of the large scale inaugural exhibition Chronic desire-Sete cronica. Born in 1981 in Bucharest, she lives and works in Stockholm.

Ellen Nyman