CLARA J:SON BORG
I had never seen a sky so blue
4k video / 3 screen installation / 23,42 min (loop) / sound
Cinematographer: Sol Archer
Sound: Sol Archer
Colourist: Laurent Fluttert
Sound design and mix: Robert Kroos
Proofreading for subtitles: Liz Allen
I had never seen a sky so blue is a work that departs from the memories of the artist’s mum’s volunteer trip from Sweden to a kibbutz in Israel in 1972. The work oscillates between the artist’s mum’s narration about her life as a 17’n young woman in Sweden, her ideas and desires of exploring the socialist utopia at the kibbutz and her experience from the trip and time as a volunteer. Along this, a conversation takes place between the artist and her mum about the Swedish, global political, social and religious environments that enabled volunteer trips to kibbutz. The stories and the conversation establish a tension between the mum’s empirical knowledge and memories, and the historical and studied knowledge of the artist. The tension builds up and breaks down the
conversation in which gaps between the generations and their idea of history and the political and philosophical climate and identity becomes visible.
The work is shot in the house and the garden where the artist’s mum moved to with her family in 1972. The imagery from the house works as an architectural reference to a 1970’s Sweden. It talks about the ideas of the nuclear family and togetherness. The garden then becomes a placeholder for longing and a dream of constructing an alternative living outside the format of the family.
Made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fond.