Documentation from solo exhibition at Konstnärshuset, Stockholm
Video 13.00 min, metal, felt fabric
In the exhibition Car(ry)ing, Emelie Carlén connects an architectural context – Paimio sanatorium in Turku, Finland – with aspects of a personal narrative‚ reframing the visit as an embodied experience. In doing so, the artist deploys methods from her former research-based projects, investigating the realities and ideals of a particular sociohistorical moment through the material setting of a specific building. Carlén’s installation situates Caring, a video work documenting a visit to Paimio sanatorium, within a constellation of new sculptural works. Together, the sculptures construct an evocative scenography, layering sensory stimuli and setting up an enveloping sense of place through presence. The exhibition creates a narrative divided into parts which subtly interconnect, forming a video essay without words; a visual story made textural and aural.
- Excerpt from the exhibition text On Caring and Carrying by Jasmine Hinks