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Den feministiska visionen
Helena Olsson

The piece unfolds in two places; a collective house called Elfvinggården built in 1940 for professional, single women and in a fictional place called Herland. It poses questions about the situation for women from the 1940’s up until today and about which places or environments that make collective change possible.

The video piece has been developed together with a reading group at Elfvinggården consisting of six women who live in the house. Together they have read the sci-fi novel Herland from 1915 by the American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman- a utopian feminist narrative that unfolds in an isolated land where only females live that reproduce themselves through virgin birth. The novel examines how a society without the division of two binary gender identities could look.

The conversations in the reading group shift between reflecting on their own situation and other females situation in a historical and feminist perspective in relation to the utopian vision portrayed in the novel. But the reading also inspires more thoughts on how the collective house could function in the future.

The video oscillates between showing environments from the collective house that has mainly stayed the same since it was built and the fictional place in the novel, as the participants in the reading group imagine it.

English title The Feminist Vision
Keywords Feminism
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:13:39
Language Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2016
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About the artist

Helena Olsson

In Helena’s practice, she works with everyday life and is constantly coming back to being interested in the eternal striving to constantly make your life better and a constant longing for something other than what is here and now. She is interested in utopias; the need for dreams and ideals and how it is portrayed in both individual persons and as part of a structure in the society. How the individual’s needs are often part of a larger structure. Helena works with performance, video and photography and sometimes mix authentic, documentary material with staged material as parts of new stories.