Sara Sjölin

Rika djur

2018

Rika djur (engl. rich animals) is a dramatized compilation of video recordings made between 2002 and 2005 by Sara Sjölin, her close friend and accomplice My Lundahl, and Sara’s father. It uses this rough biographical material to examine communication across generations, technologies and species. The manipulation of the original recordings is minimal and lies mainly with the editing process.

One might label the film a bio-com, edited with a humorous, tender gaze at these recordings and hence the desire to document and glorify everyday situations and moments. The film is a playful portrait of this desire and a testament to how the camera nourished and magnified the theatrical aspects of a tightly-knit community in a small Swedish town.

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The Sjölin family gathered in the installation at the opening of Afgang 2018 in Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

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Rika djur, installation at Bonamatic, 2020

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Antroposophic window motifs painted with jam and marmalade.

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Myte-figur-myte-figur, group show at Kunsthal Ved Siden Af 2019

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Mosa 2015/19, plaster on wool, 60x65x55, Kunsthal Ved Siden Af 2019

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Afgang 2018 Installation view

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Mosa 2015/18, plaster on pillow, 60x65x55

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This blanket was manufactured in Högsjö where Sara’s father grew up and many of the scenes in Rika djur took place. Photo by David Stjernholm

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Exhibition view from solo show at 1.1 in Basel 2018

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Mosa 2018, 1.1 Basel. ceramic on pillow 50x55x55

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1.1 Photos by James Bantone