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The Life of a Sailor's Wife
Ann-Sofi Sidén

The wife of a sailor is packing her bag to go to sea herself. The film is shot in the Gothenburg archipelago in Super-8. The Life of a Sailor’s Wife is full of tragicomical, pastiche-like images with lyrical overtones, reminiscent of the fragments of some long forgotten feature film from the beginning of the century.

The dialectical pendulum swing between classical film aesthetics, the reversed plot and the popular music of yesterday combine to produce a sensation of sliding back and forth between the present and the past.

Keywords Experimental, Sex, Feminism, Body, LGBTQ
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic film
Duration 00:06:00
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 1986
In text Ann-Sofi Sidén
Latest screening Feb 22, 2021
May 22, 2019
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About the artist

Ann-Sofi Sidén

Born in 1962, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ann-Sofi Sidén long been recognized as a leading figure on the international art scene. In the last few years there have been major exhibitions of her work at Hayward Gallery in London, at Musée d’Art Moderna de la Ville de Paris and at the Secession in Vienna. The new exhibition at Moderna Museet includes several of her most important works and represents the largest presentation of her art to date.

Dealing with such issues as vulnerability, control, violence and surveillance, Ann-Sofi Sidén unravels some of the threads of the human psyche’s history. Her method is a suggestive mixture of journalism, feature film and scientific research that takes form in sculptural installations or in spatial video works. The dominant feeling is often one of being caught in a system – political, economic or social – or of realizing that one is somewhere in between systems.