Lina Selander is chosen by Moderna Museet to represent (whatever that means) Sweden in Venice next year! This is good news! Lina Selander is a prominent artist working mainly with video and I am looking so much forward to see her work installed in Arsenale 2015.
As readers of this blog most certainly already know, since the debacle of the 2005 when Sweden was in charge of the so called Nordic Pavilion (Denmark and Iceland are not participating, Denmark has their own pavilion, and Finland used to sublet their pavilion to Iceland) and the "shared custody" broke down, the countries Norway, Sweden and Finland takes turns every sixth years to use the pavilion. This is why Selander will be placed in Arsenale instead of the Nordic Pavilion.
What will be going on in the Nordic Pavilion then? No-one seems to know. It is the Norwegian organization OCA that is in charged and even if they must be working frantically with the details, no details has yet found its way out it seems. Or I might be highly out of the loop. Either way, we are awaiting their press-release with high anticipation. In the meantime we can rejoice for Lina Selander! Find information about her poetic and intellectual works on her website.
From the official press-release of Moderna Museet about Lina Selander:
Lina Selander – Venice Biennale 9 May – 22 November, 2015
Lina Selander is one of Sweden’s most innovative moving image artists. Her films and installations often focus on junctures in history where a system or physical place collapses and something new begins to emerge; the narrative of mechanical cinema giving way to that of digital video, or a political or economic system plummeting into a new one. Her works revolve around images as memories, imprints and representations. Selander’s process is similar to that of the scientist or poet. Each work constitutes a dense archive of facts and observations, occasionally in dialogue with other films, works of art or literature. The precise, rhythmic editing and use of sound in her films generate a unique temporality and strong internal pressure, and take intuitive leaps between associations and meanings.
Lina Selander was born in 1973 in Stockholm, where she still lives and works. She will be present at Okwui Enwezor’s lecture on 20 September. Selander’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale will be presented in greater detail at a press event in spring 2015. The Moderna Museet’s curator for the exhibition of Lina Selander in Venice is Lena Essling, and the commissioner is Ann-Sofi Noring.