-}}}}}} : }} is the title of Anneli Holmstrom’s first UK solo show, presented as part of Summerhall’s curated programs and kindly supported by Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.
The exhibition centers upon two new bodies of work, -}}}}}} and }}, which, when viewed in conjunction, aim to visualize and consider temporal dualities between absence and presence. The result is a multimedia exhibition that strives for a visual experience that develops the sense of moving between two distinct – but interlocked – psychological worlds.
In }}, metaphors of presence are explored through temporal narratives that explore the portrait of a self ‘at one’ with its environmental surroundings. Specifically, this work is comprised of one installation and one film work, fusing weightless sculptural properties with meditative and romantic references to create a feeling of ‘wholeness’. The accompanying video, Levitation, was shot on a small island in Finland, accompanied by a voice-over, featuring commissioned texts by poet, JL Williams; particle-physicist Alex Murphy; and philanthropist, Fatimah Ashrif. The commissioned texts featured within the film for }}, will include a transcript read in Swedish, utilizing language as a tool for conveying a sense of displacement and landscape which is ‘other’.
In -}}}}}}, themes of present time are mirrored through an inner world of absence, which, like its counterpart, consists of one video and an installation. As such, -}}}}}} strives for nostalgic descriptions where narratives of entropy, loss, longing, desire and memory are merged, drawing upon a range of imagery from empty fountains, death rituals and the sentiment of Fado music. The accompanying video, Flood, was shot in Lisbon and made use of the city’s unique backdrop to enhance notions of melancholic romanticism. Like the Levitation video, the voiceover used for draw upon three specially commissioned texts from poet, Janette Ayachi; neuro-scientist, David Carmel; and artist/comparative mythologist, Dr Louise Milne. As in the }} film, this work continues to explore how language and site can create a sense of displaced landscape, with the commissioned texts read in Portuguese.