Cirkulaitons Centralen presents the latest work of Anna Viola Hallberg, it brings forward a critical stance on the migration and xenophobia. It is based on an reenactment of the artists own passport photo, a 45 min performance infront of camera, bringing together several aspects engaging Anna Viola Hallberg, the ambiguity between the private and the public, between the narrative and the documentary and between the watcher and the watched. The developments in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Ukraine and Swedish national politics is significant for the configuration of Between the Two of Us.
The screening presented at “Malmö GalleriNatt ” is a satellite to the ongoing videoinstallation at RUM 203 in Jönköping.
Videoinstalltion, RUM 203 >>>
212 15 Malmö, Sweden
The original performance in front of camera was made during an art residency at Vandalorum Center for Art and Design in August 2014. It is a reenactment of the artists own passport photo. The work brings forward a critical stance on the migration and xenophobia.
In 2009 Hallberg was in Oakland, California for 10 months. Back in Europe it was election for the EU. There were far right parties trying to be elected in the democratic system, and at the same time breaching the foundation of civil liberties and human rights. It was during this time the artist started to state questions around the national sybols. Can one claim the anthem from the authorian nationalists by having it translated and performed in other languages? Would it still be precieved as a national anthem?. The project was realized for the next election coincide with the national election.
The soundtrack is performed and made by Svarta Safirer (Romani), Sîdar (Kurdish), Josef Cacan (Assyrian) och Gålmuk (Sami), four transnational groups. The musicians were given free hands with interpretation and translation of the Swedish National Anthem.
Titel: Mellan mig och dig
English title: Between the Two of Us.
Venue: Cirkulations Centralen, Malmö, Sweden
Date: Sept 27th of September, 2014, Special program during Malmö Gallery Night.
Description: Singel channel, with sound, color, no subtitles.
The four interpretations of Thou old, Thou free, Du gamla, du fria:
At qadmoyo u khiro at (Josef Cacan, Assyrian)
Tu qedîmê, tu azadê (Sîdar, Kurdish)
Tu lachi em purani (Svarta Safirer, Romani)
Dån vuoras, dån friddja (Gålmuk, Sami)
Recordings made at Cobra Studio in Stockholm, a collaboration between Anna Viola Hallberg (artist) och Cisela Björklund (producer). Soundrack for the installation is from the EP & project Folkets Röst.