Scenes from an island
How can we recreate ourselves, when the contexts by which we have previously defined ourselves, are gone?
/ Florence Montmare
Set at the remote island Fårö (Sweden), the home and workplace of the director Ingmar Bergman, Scenes from an Island is a body of work — an exhibition and book — created between 2014 – 2017 during Florence's artist in residence at the Bergman Estate.
As Florence returned to the island in 2016, many tourist locations had been transformed to facilities to accommodate refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. Realizing that the refugee crisis had affected the island and its communities, she saw the opportunity of empowerment and healing. What began as a study of an island turned into a relational art project, with an objective to create social change. Art, music, dance and storytelling are powerful tools to connect people, offering a space to explore, dream and to hope.
With support from Film på Gotland, Kustateljen, Bergman Center and Ingmar Bergman Estate, Florence collaborated with a group of artists to create a series of workshops on the island. The goal was to connect and empower diverse communities of refugees and local islanders. Together they explored the themes home, fear and identity through conversations, movement, dance and music. The workshops resulted in a 60 minute dance performance, choreographed by Joakim Stephenson with principal ballet dancers from the Stockholm Royal Opera during the annual Bergman festival.
The music and sound design was composed, by Hugo Therkelson and resulted in the album Identity. Concept development, direction and production by Florence Montmare, Marie Bergman, Joakim Stephenson and Sara Sjöö. Original idea and photography by Florence Montmare. Album design by Toshiake and Hisa Ide and production by Athena Azevedo, IF Studio.