Lågan vs Nålsögat

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The video installation “Lågan vs. Nålsögat: A Sequel” (2017) takes as its point of departure two films: “Lågan” (The Flame) from 1973 by Sandell Film AB, and Nålsögat (The Needles Eye) from 1975 by Jan Troell. The two films depict everyday life at the ship building company Kockums in Malmö from fundamentally different angles, and can be said to highlight two conflicting perspectives in how to reach social justice and better living conditions for people present in the political debate in Sweden and many other countries during the 20th century: one claiming that social progress has to be pursued within the realm of work, and the other that the realm of production will never make any real progress toward humanitarian emancipation possible.

The two films are in thevideo installation presented together with the film, “Inget att sälja” (Nothing to Sell) based on interviews with people who work in the former Kockum area, Västra hamnen (The West Harbor) in Malmö today. The film investigate how workers of the creative industries and the service sector reflect upon questions on emancipation, freedom and craftmanship in relation to labour.

The music in the video “Inget att sälja” is composed by Arvid Alfredsson Grahn.

 

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Lågan vs Nålsögat at Inter Arts Center, Malmö 2017