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Smile
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Cecilia Lundqvist

Smile is an animated video that reflects a standardized society, were only one single individual has the courage to be different. This makes the rank and file react, restraining the person to keep the order. When this is not working the problem is eliminated in another way.

It is the texts that contribute with the major narrative in the work. The story is created from sampled material from an English language course, where the content originally is totally different. Also the images are coming from a totally different context, mainly advertising leaflets. It has been important for me to use existing material from my nearest surroundings, and to break these things down, using these fragments to create a new whole. With this I am trying to visualize and amplify something existing under the surface, but yet not completely visible.

Keywords Animation
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic film
Duration 00:06:02
Language English
Color Color
Year 2003
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About the artist

Cecilia Lundqvist

Born 1971 in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Currently living and working in Stockholm.

Cecilia Lundqvist started out with painting, but now works foremost with video and animation. She manages to treat difficult subjects, often from a personal, feminist perspective with a sharp sense of humour. Her artistic expression stretches from the play with simplified, raw lines, in Disco for instance from 1997, to the use of the animation media in a more sophisticated way, as in Emblem from 2001. Cecilia’s video works are shown frequently worldwide and has received recognition in the art and film world alike. Her work is generally narrative and deal with issues like domestic violence, power structures and human behaviour.

She is represented with video works at several art institutions, among them Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Educated at Royal Collage of Art, Video Department and University Collage of Arts, Crafts & Design, Art Department, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2004, Cecilia Lundqvist received Filmform’s Honorary Award because of the focused way she has developed her artistry over the years.

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