“In my practice, I depart from my own experience within care work, and my work results in films, photography, video installations, or interactive performances. The question of care as a commodity is at the center of my practice. Born in Sweden, 1988, I’m originally a filmmaker with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography, Valand Academy, Gothenburg. For this trip, I got a travel grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee to come here and work with my project ‘Caring with Force’.
During my two months stay at NES residency I’m researching Icelandic Psychiatric Care and their alternative to restraint-belts within forced care for my current project. While staying here I also collect stones, take walks in the wind, and every day I take a picture of the everchanging ocean.”
Anna Katrine Thuesen, is a Danish documentary filmmaker living in Switzerland. She has been an artist in residence at Nes since April. She has been taking the time in Iceland to develop her filmmaking style, going from a formulaic television approach to a more expressive approach.
Her subjects in Iceland have all been people who are personally connected with an ancient Norse legend or concept, such as rune reading or experts in norse mythology. Usually, her films center around people and their traditions set in the mountains.
In June Anna Katrine will move on to another residency with ArtsIceland in Isafjördur in the Westfjords to meet and film people living in more extreme mountainous and remote conditions, exploring how their lives and practices and the legends they tell each other are influenced by the landscapes of dramatic mountains and rough seas around them. She has also spent her time in Skagaströnd to reconnect with her own Scandinavian and Norse heritage by studying Norse runes and learning how to knit local Icelandic patterns from the local knitting ladies.
My name is Gabriela Concha. I grew up in a mining camp in Southern Peru and afterwards moved to Lima to study and work. Lima’s sky is called “panza de burro”, which translates as “the donkey’s belly” because of its light gray color. Lima is also called wonderland, as you can find your way regardless of our political makeup.
I’m interested in exploring the rational order we give to our surroundings as a refugee towards our own disorientation. My work questions space organization and its influence on our optical boundaries. Using photography as a measuring instrument, I look for the limits of its representation and of the human eye as its extension.
My current work explores experimental video and creative writing. I’m soon publishing my first hybrid book which integrates photography and dreams structured as a novel. In NES I’m finishing a movie of the mining camp where I grew up. The film explores new narratives in subjective documentary and video performance. Both the book and the film’s topics are about motherhood and emotional distance.
Alia Malley is at NES with collaborator, editor Noah Herzog to complete post production on her video project, the Logic of Events.
Started on her Arctic Circle residency, the 3-channel projection installation continues her work based on the roles and expectations of landscape, representation, human geography, technology, and the instability of the power structures inherent within those relationships.