In Liselotte Wajstedt’s new film The Lost One she looks for her grandmother’s history and finds parallels and connections to her own life. In a personalised way she tells the story of a woman who dared to follow her own path in life and how the world around her reacted to this. The film represents both a unique tale and many profoundly universal experiences and ideas about life. The Lost One is shown in the form of an installation on the ground floor of Bildmuseet.

Liselotte Wajstedt (born 1973) is an artist and filmmaker. She lives and works in Kiruna in northern Sweden. Her films exist in the borderland between documentary and experimental arthouse movie. Her films include Kiruna – Rymdvägen, 2012; A Soul of a City, 2012; I am in Lavvu, 2011; Àrvas, musikvideo, 2009; Faces, 2008; A sami in the city, 2007; The sami and her body, 2007 and A city sami in the woods, 2007.

The exhibition is produced by Bildmuseet with funding support from Umeå2014 and Kulturkontakt Nord.

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.


Bildmuseet i Umeå, 25. may – 9. sept 2014

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

Installation på Bildmuseet i Umeå, 2014
Installation på Bildmuseet i Umeå, 2014
Installation, Blackbox
Installation, Blackbox