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Jag producerar bland annat dokumentärfilm, konst, illustrationer, foto och manus för kort och långfilm
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The Music Video Ruotnas Várri / The Green Mountain
A part of the feature documentary film project KIRUNA ORTDRIVAREN
Music: Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen
Stierdna Production Label
Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
Photo: Olle Sundberg, Liselotte Wajstedt, Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, Mikael Johansson
Aftereffects: Jennie Nyström
Production: Barents Film and Video productions and Liselotte Wajstedt
Co-Production Filmpool Nord, Katja Härkönen
Support: Konstnärsnämnden, Sámi Council, Region Norrbotten
I work on an artistic film/research project on the displacement of Kiruna. Working title is “Kiruna – Ortdrivaren”. It is an artistic and Indigenous Methodologies project from the inside, about and with the Mine, the City, the Place, the Move and the People. As part of this project I follow the Gábna Sámi Village and in particular one of the herders and now also the president of the village; Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, in his daily life. Kuhmunen is also a yoiker and his artistic work forms part of the project.
Ruotnas Várri – the Green Mountain, the mountain Mertainen.
Mertainen has always been crucial to Gábna; the reindeer have had access to lichen from the trees. Lichen in the trees has become more important as the current climate change is impacting negatively on the grazing available on the ground. When the trees are cut down or contaminated by dust from the mining, it is a major threat to the reindeer herding and thus to the Sámi culture. Also psychologically the mountain is an important place: the Mother mountain. Now the state mining company has started mining for ore here.
The installation THE LOST ONE, on Tour:
Photo: Lisa Kejonen
In the installation The Lost One, Liselotte Wajstedt creates a tender narrative about her grandmother. She examines a personal history and discovers connections to her own life. The work also reflects several profoundly universal questions and ideas about life. The piece consists of a film, an oral narrative, a photograph and a kolt.
The narrative tells the story of a beloved grandmother and her revolutionary life choices. Despite her Laestadianistic faith and the disapproval of her community, she left what appeared to be the perfect marriage to live with another man. Liselotte Wajstedt starts with her own recollections and contemplates them. As an adult she begins to understand connections she had never thought about before.
The film weaves together family photographs and recent landscape pictures. They are accompanied by a newly composed piece of music by Hanna Nutti, who has interpreted the story through text and music. In the film, Liselotte Wajstedt sews a white kolt for her grandmother using the sewing machine she inherited from her. Along the hem she has printed a row of images from the grandmother’s life, which are then joined together, piece by piece.
Áigemátki – Tidsresa – Time Travel: SDS Karasjok, 6. sept – 28. oct 2018
Áigemátki – Tidsresa – Time Travel : Tråante, january 2017 i Trondheim, 5. february 2017
Alta Museum, 18. january – 28. mars 2016
Värmlands museum, 23. jan – 28 feb 2016
Bildmuseet i Umeå, 25. may – 9. sept 2014
Short film The Lost One
Liselotte Wajstedt creates a tender narrative about her grandmother. She examines a personal history and discovers connections to her own life. The work also reflects several profoundly universal questions and ideas about life. Liselotte Wajstedt sews a white kolt for her grandmother using the sewing machine she inherited from her. Along the hem she has printed a row of images from the grandmother’s life, which are then joined together, piece by piece.