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Johan Thurfjell

Ljuset (the Candle) is a filmed memorial candle that is lit and then in real time slowly burns down. Lighting a candle is a simple act and at the same time a charged gesture. It is not only reserved for religous contexts or specific cultures but is an everyday act that all people can relate to. The burning flame activates our memories, thus the light becomes a substitute for those we want to remeber and give extra consideration to.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 01:13:47
Color Color
Sound Silent
Year 2022
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About the artist

Johan Thurfjell

Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Johan Thurfjell received his MFA at the University College of Art Craft & Design in Stockholm in 2002. Since then he has participated in several group exhibitions both in Sweden and abroad. He has had solo exhibitions at Natalia Goldin gallery in Stockholm, Galerie Nordenhake in Berlin and at 16:1 gallery in Los Angeles. He has received a number of prizes and grants in Sweden.

Johan Thurfjell works in many different medias and materials. His body of work contains everything from drawings and objects to computer generated images, animation and video. One of his most spread work is the animated short film ‘Do you have the Shine?’ from 2002. It has been shown at a number of film festivals throughout the world. It received the Mention Spéciale ~ Prix Court-métrage Kodak at the Luxembourg International Film festival in 2004 and was one of Sweden’s five contributions to the film festival in Cannes 2003.