Liselotte Wajstedt / The Lost One

2014-05-25 - 2014-09-07

In the installation The Lost One, Liselotte Wajstedt creates a tender narrative about her grandmother. She examines a personal history and discovers connections to her own life. The work also reflects several profoundly universal questions and ideas about life. The piece consists of a film, an oral narrative, a photograph and a kolt.

The narrative tells the story of a beloved grandmother and her revolutionary life choices. Despite her Laestadianistic faith and the disapproval of her community, she left what appeared to be the perfect marriage to live with another man. Liselotte Wajstedt starts with her own recollections and contemplates them. As an adult she begins to understand connections she had never thought about before.

The film weaves together family photographs and recent landscape pictures. They are accompanied by a newly composed piece of music by Hanna Nutti, who has interpreted the story through text and music. In the film, Liselotte Wajstedt sews a white kolt for her grandmother using the sewing machine she inherited from her. Along the hem she has printed a row of images from the grandmother's life, which are then joined together, piece by piece.

Liselotte Wajstedt (born in 1973) is an artist and filmmaker. She lives and works in Kiruna. Her films exist in the borderland between documentary and experimental arthouse movie.  Her films include Jorindas resa, 2014; Kiruna - Rymdvägen, 2013; A Soul of a City, 2012; I am in Lavvu, 2011; Àrvas, music video, 2009; Faces, 2009; A sami in the city, 2007; The sami and her body, 2007 och A city sami in the woods, 2007.

The exhibition is produced by Bildmuseet with funding support from Umeå2014 and Kulturkontakt Nord (Nordic Culture Point).