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Gun Holmström
From April 22nd 2005 to May 28th 2005
In the Raw

Several years ago, I attended a lecture where the slides shown had no connection to the issue in question, or even to each other. The whole time I tried very hard to find some kind of correlation because it seemed totally impossible that the images would have had nothing to do with what was being said.

In "In the Raw" I used a similar technique. It is a kind of self-portrait, a video collage containing a wide range of footage and text from my own environment. It is a story about storytelling in different forms, a saga telling of - among other things - the spiritual aspect in everyday life. By combining elements with no apparent connections, I wanted to create a space that would allow for both the viewers' own associations and possibilities for new stories to evolve. I find distraction to be a useful tool for taking thoughts in unexpected directions.

The footage in Voyeur was filmed almost coincidentally. In summertime all kinds of people gather on the lawn around the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki. I sat on the fourth floor and started to film people enjoying the sunlight, simply because the sight was so pleasant. Suddenly, in the corner of my eye, I noticed something odd - a lonely man sitting by himself just looking out of place. I started to follow his movements and mysterious things started to happen. What was he talking to the girls about? What was that strange object he was holding in his hand? Why did he seem so displaced? Voyeur is a story that told itself to me.
- Gun Holmström

Bibliographie
- Cormier, Réjean-Bernard, «Fable et émotions ineffables», ETC, no 70, juin-juillet-août 2005, pp.8-9.
- Crevier, Lyne, «Soudain l’été dernier», Ici, 12-18 mai 2005, p.51.