Work in Progress

KIRUNA ORTDRIVAREN / KIRUNA THE DRIFT BLOCK

A project in progress
Year 2015 – 2018
KIRUNA Ortdrivaren / eng. KIRUNA The Drift Block
90 min documentary
Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
A production of Liselotte Wajstedt
What happens in the glitches between place and people; places and human history. The memory the place carries. Life once lived in that very place, the paths that once existed and the path down to the new.
Music: Maja Ratkje

The name of my new film is Kiruna The Drift Block. The name The Drift Block, Ortdrivaren in Swedish, refers to the fantastic housing block Ortdrivaren developed by the architect Ralph Erskine. He took the functional and aesthetic concerns of our mountainous world and the mine mountain into consideration.
Moving the town Kiruna is a process that will take many years and it is necessary to follow the process on site. I have a unique position to do so as I grew up in Kiruna and currently live there. I work so to speak from the inside and can follow the process at close quarters.

My aim now is to tell the story of the town Kiruna in an in-depth project. It is important to think about place and people. What happens in the glitches between place and human beings?

Kiruna is my home. I think a lot about home and the meaning of home, place and identity

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Silence in Sápmi, work in progress

Marion Marions gård

We’re shooting a strong, beautiful young woman with a very heavy history. This women wants to talk about the silence … break the silence about what we do not talk about in Sápmi!

Henrik Henrik sågar

Shooting with Henrik Andersson, reindeer hearder, in their 1000 year old reindeer fence. Henrik is one of the stars of Silence in Sápmi

Sofia

Sofia Jannok, musicians and activism

Ida Ida och kolten

Ida

Facts:

Synopsis

Sápmi – the land of the Sámi, ranging across northernmost Scandinavia – is a breathtaking place. The Sámi culture has made great inroads in recent years in contemporary art and music. But behind these cultural triumphs are deep shadows. Shadows that no one in Sápmi talks about. A study by the Arctic University of Norway has found a higher degree of emotional, physical and sexual violence among the Sámi people than in the rest of Nordic society. The film Silence in Sápmi aims to investigate why so many young Sámi are so troubled. What is behind the violence, the suicides and the mental health problems of youth in Sápmi?.

 

Title: Silence in Sápmi

Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
Producer:  Malla Grapengiesser
Lenght: ca 58/80

With development support from:
Filmpool Nord

International Sámi Film Institute, Nordnorsk Filmsenter

– See more at: http://fosforproduktion.se/silence-in-sapmi/#sthash.KXAMlofm.dpuf

 

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There is something in between life and death

Exhibition: Right now at Galleri Skáidi in Nikkaluokta 27/7-27/8-16

This is a very well-attended exhibition, welcome all!

Usually, I do not paint so much, I am primarily a filmmaker. But I have my roots in painting, studied at different art schools and have painted a lot. My father taught me how to draw as a child, when I was 11 years old he showed me how to paint with oil. Then I continued painting until the age of 30. Thereafter, I solely focused on film and art film. Now I have begun to return, searching for my mode of expression in painting. The paintings that I show at this exhibition are an extension of my project about Kiruna, Kiruna Ortdrivaren. It evolves around the relocation of the city of Kiruna and land-use in northern Sweden; how the human comes in-between.

About the project:

THERE IS SOMETHING IN-BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH
What happens in the intervals between place and person? Between places and
human history, between the place and its memory? Paths have been trodden in the
mountainous landscape. Paths that the Sami people and their reindeer created long
ago, and used for centuries. They walked through this place, once grazing land for
reindeer, until the Swede came and paved roads. It is cracking today, the ground is
breaking open and to leave a wound that will never heal. The Swedish state is selling
off the natural resources of the north for free. Foreign mining companies are free to
come and dig into our fragile, Arctic climate. The culturally entrenched reindeer
suffer, not to mention how it affects the landscape.

 

There is something ...
Oil on canvas, 50×50 cm

 

Nu visar

Vajstedt & Wajstedt
sina fantastiska färdigheter.

Fjällen och färgerna fångar betraktaren.
Varken Jan eller Liselotte är okända för norrbottningen eller konstkännarna.
De är inte ovanligt att se deras verk och kreativa avtryck på utställningar både nära och långt borta.
Far och dotter, bägge är skickliga på att se skönhet och kan konsten att väcka intresse med sin konst.

Jan har lång erfarenhet, hans måleri är smakfull och naturen skildras med stor värme och ödmjukhet. Du vill ta dig dit hans tavla lockar dig.
Liselotte är filmare, konstnär, kvinna och same men ogillar att bli placerad i fack. Hon arbetar oftast med samiska teman det hon har närmast hjärtat.
Hennes konst handlar om allmänmänskliga universiella frågor. Hennes kraftfulla och intensiva konstspråk berör.

Du kan lära känna konsten och konstärerna Vajsteds & Wajstedt – en far & en dotter på Galleri Nikkaluokta Skáidi
27/7-27/8 Vernissage och öppning av utställning på onsdag 27/7 kl 14.00

 

The catalog:

1 There is something in between life and death 1
Oil on canvas, 50×50 cm, 7000 :-
2 Paths have been trodden in the mountainous landscape 1
Photo, 10×13 cm, 1200:-

3 There is something in between life and death 2
Oil on canvas, 50×50 cm, 7000 :-
4 Paths have been trodden in the mountainous landscape 2
Photo, 10×13 cm, 1200:-

5 There is something in between life and death 3
Oil on canvas, 50×50 cm, 7000 :-
6 Paths have been trodden in the mountainous landscape 3
Photo, 10×13 cm, 1200:-

7 Inside out
oil on canvas, 50×50 cm, 7000:-
8 Inside out, Photomontage, 13×13 cm, serie 1/10, 1500:-

9 Kiruna
olja på duk, 50×50 cm, price by agreement
photo, price by agreement

10 Faces
Film, ’3:29 min, serie 2/5 15000:-

11 Face
oil on canvas, 50×50 cm, privat

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Work in progress

Silence in Sápmi

Synopsis

Sápmi – the land of the Sámi, ranging across northernmost Scandinavia – is a breathtaking place. The Sámi culture has made great inroads in recent years in contemporary art and music. But behind these cultural triumphs are deep shadows. Shadows that no one in Sápmi talks about. A study by the Arctic University of Norway has found a higher degree of emotional, physical and sexual violence among the Sámi people than in the rest of Nordic society. The film Silence in Sápmi aims to investigate why so many young Sámi are so troubled. What is behind the violence, the suicides and the mental health problems of youth in Sápmi?.

 

 

Title: Silence in Sápmi

Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
Producer:  Malla Grapengiesser
Lenght: ca 58/80

With development support from:
Filmpool Nord

– See more at: http://fosforproduktion.se/silence-in-sapmi/#sthash.KXAMlofm.dpuf

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The Lost One

The Lost One is on a Tour:

ALTA MUSEUM

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Alta museum viser installasjonen The Lost One av den samiske kunstneren Liselotte Wajstedt i perioden 18. januar – 28. mars 2016.

I installasjonen The Lost One formidler Liselotte Wajstedt sin mormors historie. Verket handler om en elsket mormor og hennes omveltende livsvalg. I prosessen oppdager Wajstedt nye sammenhenger i familiehistorien, sammenhenger som også berører samisk historie og allmennmenneskelig spørsmål. I verket veves det gamle og det nye og formidles sensitivt i en muntlig fortelling, en film, et bilde og ei kofte.

 

Liselotte Wajstedt undersøker en personlig historie og finner koblinger til sitt eget liv. Fortellingen, som kunstneren selv forteller i et lydopptak, handler om en elsket mormor og hennes omveltende livsvalg. Tross sin læstadianske tro og sosial misbilligelse bryter hun opp fra et tilsynelatende perfekt ekteskap for å leve sammen med en annen mann. Liselotte tar utgangspunkt i sine egne minner og avdekker flere. Som voksen begynner hun å forstå sammenhenger som hun tidligere ikke reflekterte over.

I filmen veves familiefotografier og naturbilder sammen. De akkompagneres av musikk av Hanna Nutti, som har tolket fortellingen i tekst og musikk. I filmen syr Liselotte en hvit kofte til sin mormor med symaskinen hun har arvet fra henne. På kofta har hun trykket en rekke bilder fra mormorens liv som senere er lagt sammen, bit for bit. Koften vises i utstillingen, sammen med et fotografi som portretterer Liselotte i kofta. Elle Máret Valkepää har laget smykkene til kofta. Bildet er tatt av Lisa Kejonen.

 

 

VÄRMLANDS MUSEUM, 23 jan 2016 – 28 feb 2016

I installationen The Lost One formulerar Liselotte Wajstedt en ömsint berättelse om sin mormor. Hon undersöker en personlig historia och finner kopplingar till sitt eget liv.

Verket speglar också många djupt allmänmänskliga frågor och tankar om livet. I verket ingår en film, en muntlig berättelse, ett fotografi och en kolt.

Berättelsen handlar om en älskad mormor och hennes omvälvande livsval. Trots sin laestadianska tro och samhällets ogillande bryter hon upp från det till synes perfekta äktenskapet för att leva tillsammans med en annan man. Liselotte Wajstedt utgår från sina egna minnesbilder och funderar kring dem. Som vuxen börjar hon förstå sammanhang som hon tidigare aldrig reflekterat över.

I filmen vävs familjefotografier och nytagna miljöbilder samman. De ackompanjeras av ett nyskrivet musikstycke av Hanna Nutti som har tolkat berättelsen i text och musik. I filmen ser vi Liselotte Wajstedt sy en vit kolt till sin mormor med den symaskin hon ärvt av henne. Längs fållen har hon tryckt en rad bilder från mormoderns liv och hon fogar samman dem, bit för bit. Kolten visas i utställningen tillsammans med ett fotografi som porträtterar konstnären i den vita kolten.

 

 

 

 

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