To revisit territories of childhood paradise can be nostalgic, blissful and sometimes melancholic. One day I found myself on a stony barren beach of a remote island. I had been invited to stay at Bergman’s writing cottage, as a resident artist to make a new body of work.
The title Greyscales alludes to the meeting between musical and photographic practice — scales as in visual and musical tonality. The Swedish word “karg” or “avskalad” can be translated as “scaled” or “barren” as in a landscape.
I was standing on the location where Bergman filmed Persona 50 years earlier. The shoreline had recently collapsed, creating a dramatic gorge. Directing local dancers and actors, I used this site to stage scenarios — human bodies in motion contrasted with a barren island landscape and the dramaturgy of these eroded cliffs, the ocean and the wind.
Greyscales is a multidisciplinary exhibition with a multi-channel video and sound installation, photographic prints, sound and sculpture. The installation has juxtaposed simultaneous projections, allowing an expanded narrative to develop.
A meeting in 3 acts
Greyscales will be shown at Bergman Center in connection to the Bergman week 2017 and there will also be a live component — a performance titled A meeting in 3 acts. In collaboration with costume designer, Marie Bergman and choreographer Joakim Stephenson we will create conversations between premiere dancers from the Swedish Royal Opera, local dancers and refugees about 3 aspects of humanity: home, identity and fear. The work is a meeting between dance, film and photography.
Direction & Photography Florence Montmare
Costume & Set Design Marie Bergman
Choreography Joakim Stephenson
producer sara sjöö, Saperi film
photographer Pierre Wilén
The Bergman Estate on Fårö
Ivy Brown Gallery, New York