Historia del Abuelo works on the theme of origin and influence and the exploration of ideas of migration, oral tradition and family.This is a video installation of a narrative nature attempting to create family and generational parallels. The story told is of my grandfather Harry Lind, as it was related to my brothers and I, by my grandmother when we were children as a bedtime tale after his death.
Harry Lind was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in the year 1904. He left Sweden during the great depression for South America. Upon his arrival in South America in Buenos Aires, Argentina he continued on to Chile, Bolivia and ultimately Peru where he fell in love with the Amazon and its people. The story develops progressively and chronologically by the narrative of my grandmother who chose the moment of her marriage as finish point.
Upon entering the installation there is a space with a wide, comfortable bench in front of a large flat screen television. In the video shown you can hear a voice telling a story. Every few sentences the narrator changes, as well as the language. There are no images, only accompanying text translating the video into Spanish, Swedish, Danish and English, the current languages of his descendants – the narrators are comprised of grandchildren and my grandmother. The translation is as faithful as possible to the oral language of the first narrator, my grandmother.
Installation presented in Valand Spring exhibition, Sweden 2009.
Elsa, Alex, David, Louise Maria, Lasse, Ida, Johan, Susanna, Viktoria, Carlos, Diana.
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Special Thanks to:
Elsa del Aguila Jarl , Anastasia Melekou,Georgos Chloros, Melissa Ortega, Juan Lind del Aguila, Carlos Gustavo Lind del Aguila, Arne Lind, Katrin Casper, Oscar Lara, Steven Ladouceur.