The inaugural dialogue facilitated by Niclas Östlind (photography) brings Jyoti Mistry (film) in conversation with Marit Kapla (writer).
IMAGE <=> TEXT is a seminar series which aims to unfold the myriad interconnectedness of words and pictures, whether they appear in the form of artist’s books, films, narrative photography, materialist poetics or ekphrasis. Even if the obvious purpose is to investigate the relationship between image and text, the reflections and discussions in the ensuing program takes as its key starting point practice: the practices of film, photography and writing. This approach functions to encourage a research orientation drawn from material and historical reflections in artistic practice itself and from its conceptual and theoretical enquiry.
The first three seminars draw from the film, photography and literary composition unit at HDK-Valand. The approach is to create an environment of sharing and to facilitate a dialogue that addresses the various strategies and processes deployed by practitioners-researchers from the unit whose works connect image and text or whose works differentiate them. The seminars are open to the public in order to broaden the scope of the discussion and serves to strengthen the research environment.
Le Boeuf sur le Toit, experimental film reflects quotidian life in four cities: Johannesburg, New York, Vienna and Helsinki.
Marit Kapla, journalist and author, born 1970 in Sweden. Served as Artistic Director of Göteborg Film Festival 2007–2014. Published her first book Osebol (Teg Publishing) in 2019, where she interviews the citizens of her native village in the countryside of Sweden.
Jyoti Mistry, Professor in Film at HDK-Valand. Her works have shown at numerous film festivals and are recontextualised for museum installations. She has written and published extensively on issues of race, memory and archive practices. Cause of Death (2020) is a her most recent film.
Niclas Östlind, PhD in Photography, curator, researcher and senior lecturer at HDK-Valand. He is currently engaged in a research project on interwar lens-based cultures, and his most recent book is Published: Photobooks in Sweden (Koenig Book, 2019)