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Lina Selander

Inststamatic pictures − sewn in and reversed. These images were all very ordinary with typical scenes from a family album: vacations, trips abroad, family gatherings etc. The sewing threads in the pictures − coast sewn to ocean, clouds to sky or people sewn to each other − marks a way of codifying the emotional structures and relations in the images, thus controlling an interpretation of them and highlighting (while at the same time trying to bridge) the gap between image and reality.

The sewing threads and the holes from the needle in the images emerged as the essence of an intense and hidden reality, containing a truth which was lacking in the original images. The reversed images show this unveiled truth. I then used the reversed images with the stitches, holes and threads, and inverted in order to return to the negative, basic photographic image, as a musical score for a digital composition. The red dot reading the diagram like figures and transforming them into sound becomes a staging of the act of remembering. It reads the repressed and hidden, and what hides behind the screen memory.

Keywords Music, Sound
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format
Duration 00:06:30
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2000
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About the artist

Lina Selander

Born 1973, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Lina Selander works mainly with moving images in film and video, but also with photography, text and sound. Her works are often installations where these different medias and components converge and interrelate to one another. She is interested in the image’s ability and lack of ability to reproduce time, experience and memories and she explores how different narrative forms and techniques transform and change a story. Her works investigate film as medium, examining its possibilities and limitations as form of expression, and they often raise questions about history, media archeology and authenticity.

Selander’s work has been shown at Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Moderna Museet and in international group shows, biennales and festivals, for example in the Manifesta 9 in Genk, Bucharest Biennale 2010, the Media Art Biennale in Seoul, Korea. She will represent Sweden in the next Venice Biennale 2015.