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Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist, lives and works in Stockholm.
The notion of credibility – how it is created and maintained – is a key point of departure in Saskia Holmkvists’ work. She has been investigating how we understand messages through elements such as the tone of the voice in combination with what is said or done. This procedure of working can be seen in her films System 2001, Eight Martini 2004 and Interview with Saskia Holmkvist 2005. These films document and lay bare the construction of social, entertainment, and political machinations. In recent projects she has conceived collaborations with art institutions and Pr companies on how promotion within the art field is constructed. Saskia Holmkvist work focuses on how things are communicated through, language models, information, and representation also with regards to art institutions.

Internship in Private

Most places of work today run their enterprises or offices increasingly with the help of highly educated unpaid internships. When qualified persons work unpaid it will affect the balance in the working roles and create a bad conscience that is compensated for in different ways. The article Generation Praktikum by Matthias Stolz in Die Zeit (2005), gave rise to the debate about today’s precarious working conditions for interns that have graduated, by describing his own experiences as an intern. In my research which has its departure in the debate of ’Generation Praktikum’, I‘m interested in how interns as well as employees and employers are affected on a private level by the prevailing working climate.

The high tempo in society doesn’t always give us the time to put ourselves into relation with ourselves and the overall structures that we are working in. I have therefore approached the complex of problems around the role of the intern on the labour market through the perhaps most private conversation. I asked three previous interns and two curators of the Shedhalle to meet a therapist. In the therapy sessions they speak of their personal experiences of the working situation in relation to the role of the intern at the institution office. A deepened conversation about sets of value, ideals and the complex of problems around how one views ones own role from one’s own conditions. A conversation about how working conditions influence us in our private domain.

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