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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Imago Mundi

Curator, Sweden: Paula von Seth,
Initiator Luciano Benetton, Italy

http://www.imagomundiart.com/artworks/liselotte-wajstedt-there-something-between-life-and-death

My work:

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. IMG_8973

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Work in Progress

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Toulluvaara Skyline in the 60’s, Photo: Johannes Marainen

KIRUNA Ortdrivaren / eng. KIRUNA The Drift Block
70 min documentary, Year 2015 – ca 2018
Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
A production of Liselotte Wajstedt

With support from:

Co Producers: Filmpool Nord

Konstnärsnämnden 2015

Sámi council, 2015

Norrlands läns landsting, 2015

Samiske Kunstneres og Forfatteres Vederlagsfond, arbetsstipendium 2015

Privat: AB Skrot Johan Invest

 

Kiruna Ortdrivaren /  Kiruna The Drift Block, 2016

 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. I grew up in Kiruna with a Sami mother and a father who comes of a people that lived in symbiosis with the Samis. This people is called Lantalaiset, some of them call themselves Kväner today.

I left Kiruna and moved south in 1991, studied art and started making films in 2005. I lived in several places all over Sweden. But I always longed for ”home.” So, 3 years ago I left Stockholm and moved back to Kiruna. It feels natural in many ways.

Kiruna is a lot! To me, in my heart, it is my Sami identity that makes me feel part of the nature up here in the north. I love the mountains, the forests and my big family. But Kiruna is also an important and very special town. Kiruna is a working-class town, has always been so and is still. The town depends completely on the mine. Without the mine I doubt that Kiruna would exist in its present form. At the moment, it is also very exciting as the town is moving. It does not happen very often that plans are made to move an entire town

What is most tangible is perhaps that I grew up on solid ground. We knew nothing about the fact that our neighborhood was to be demolished and fall into a pit. The children growing up today know that the place is not secure. I wonder how it affects them to live somewhere between now and then? What was they haven’t known, what’s now is unsure and what’s to come does not exist.

In between 2007 and 2011, I made the film Kiruna – Space Road (Kiruna – Rymdvägen). Here, I tell about my childhood experience in Kiruna during the 70s and 80s and about losing the place of my childhood and subsequently a sense of security. I tell about the town and how it is built around the mine.

As I realized in 2005 that my houses were to be pulled down, because otherwise they would fall into an abyss, I panicked and experienced it as the disappearance of my memories; I would have nothing left to return to. I started looking for what I had forgotten before it would be too late.

The people of Kiruna know that it has to be done. Most of them accept it straightforwardly as it is their livelihood. But some people I have talked to feel grief. I met a family that owns a house in the demolishing area where the mining company LKAB right now buys property at market value. They do not want to sell their house since all family memories are there. The family has lived there for 6 generations. The house is one of the oldest in Kiruna, built in 1904.

But many people I have talked to do not believe in the move. It is dragging on, they say, and it depends on the ups and downs of the business cycle. Right now it is a recession and the process has stopped, they believe.

Many of those I grew up with and some of my relatives have had to leave the Ullspiran area. The houses are being demolished at the moment and half of the backyards have been leveled with the ground. It sure is sad.

I believe many feel cheated. They have to move to newly produced housing that sometimes cost twice as much. People, the retired in particular, are worried. And I understand them. How could a retired person suddenly be able to afford to pay a rent twice as much?  Furthermore, it is uncertain whether they can get a place in a home for the elderly. Large parts of the welfare system, such as public health care and schools, have been shut down. Many people in Kiruna feel neglected. Despite the fact that there are great visions for the future.

There is another aspect that is forgotten: the situation of the Samis. The Sami villages have a rough time. I have spoken to people who feel dejected and sad and worried about how the situation will affect their livelihood and way of living. Mines are more important than reindeers and living Sami culture. The mountain on which Kiruna is situated is former autumnal grazing land for the reindeers. The path up the mountain with the reindeers went straight through that place. The paths they took are long since gone. New paths have been trodden around Kiruna, and now these too have to be remade due to new ore findings. The Samis say they don’t have a plan D anymore.

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Work in Progress

KIRUNA ORTDRIVAREN / KIRUNA THE DRIFT BLOCK

Bromsgatan 2015, foto: Liselotte Wajstedt©

A PROJECT IN PROCESS
Year 2015 – ca 2018
KIRUNA ORTDRIVAREN/ eng. KIRUNA THE DRIFT BLOCK
70 min documentary
Director: 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.

The name of my new film is Kiruna Ortdrivaren (eng. The Drift Block). The name 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 an 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.

 

 

See the Pilot: https://vimeo.com/143370854

 

Produktion

Stefan Hencz, Euro-Barents Film & Video Production AB

Liselotte Wajstedt

 

With support from:

Co Producers: Filmpool Nord

Konstnärsnämnden 2015

Sámi council, 2015

Norrlands läns landsting, 2015

Samiske Kunstneres og Forfatteres Vederlagsfond, arbetsstipendium 2015

Privat: AB Skrot Johan Invest

 

 

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