Not without gloves by Lena Mattsson
Uppdaterat: 15 apr. 2022
Lena Mattsson's new experimental film "Not without gloves" reveal the common identity that we share in the experience and memory of the landscapes we come from, which in this particular case is also Mattson’s own origin. The film problematize a romantic nature experience through various distortions, interpretations and questioning of the original place. Instead, we are allowed to enter as visitors into a magical world. Where Mattsson highlights in a poetic way the COVID-19 pandemic and global environmental change.
Music by Conny C-A Malmqvist.
"Not without gloves" by Lena Mattsson:
Mumbai Entertainment International Film Festival 2021.
”What is beyond the surface? What is it that we actually see and what is only an interpretation of what we think we see based on our social and cultural references and personal experience? There is always something unnerving about Lena Mattsson’s art. You think you know what you have seen but nevertheless you feel you have witnessed and experienced something else entirely. She is a master in playing with our perceptions and senses. She takes us to a place and introduces us to what often seems as a simple situation but wich turns out to be something quite extraordinary. This duality and tension invest her works with a very exceptional quality. ”
Text Bera Nordal
Director, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden. Lena Mattsson is primarily a video and performance artist, but she began as a painter. Her works frequently allude to art history and cinema. In many years, she has had numerous exhibitions and film screenings in Sweden and internationally, including the solo exhibitions In the Eye of the Beholder at Moderna Museet Malmö, and A Small Fairytale at Malmö Konsthall. She is recognised for her way of highlighting and challenging injustices, faults and conflicts in our society. In several of these works she participates actively, identifying strongly with the most deeply afflicted, and referring them to her own experiences. This highly personal, painterly and poetic interweaving of life and art gives Lena Mattsson’s works a unique expression.
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