Twilight Zone, part II

The thematic starting point for the work of Twilight Zone is a series of generic sculptures of children created in the 1940’s and 50’s. At this time just after the war, public art in Sweden was often used to educate people and create a common narrative for a better future. The children in these sculptures, mostly naked young girls seen through the eyes of male artists, became symbols of hope for a better tomorrow, but also a symbol of health and the natural order of things. These sculptures got me thinking about how I, as a female artist, would choose to portray a child today, and how a child today would want to be portrayed. The answer, I realized, was anything but simple. In a time when we are surrounded by an unprecedented flow of images, and people´s self-awareness is at an all-time high, the child's encounter with the camera becomes ambivalent. The pure joy of a child playing became present in my work, but also glimpses of insecurity, self-awareness, and self-control. In this second part of Twilight Zone the child has become a teenager. The teenager’s desire to be a child and to play is apparent, but not without a conflict of interest, making the playing soft and beautiful as well as aggressive and frustrated.
The work is created in collaboration with the depicted child, actor Emmylou Almén and the musician/composer Anders Hagberg.

  • Carolina Jonsson
  • Carolina Jonsson
  • Carolina Jonsson
  • Emmylou Almén
    Key Cast
  • Anders Hagberg
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 EUR
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  • Exhibition at Skövde Art Museum
    February 23, 2023
    February 23, 2023
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  • Carolina Jonsson Studio
    Country: Sweden
Director Biography - Carolina Jonsson

Carolina Jonsson (born 1975 in Lidköping, Sweden) is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Lundsbrunn. She has a MFA degree from the Art Academy in Trondheim (Norway) and Valand School of Art (Sweden).

Jonsson has participated in international art exhibitions and filmfestivals such as Image Forum Festival (2006), Impact festival (2005), /sin:/ festival for video art and performance (2019) Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art (2018), Queensland Center for Photography (2013).

Jonsson has made several commissions for public spaces, video art commissioned by regions and municipalities in the Nordic countries including Danderyd hospital (2019) and Sahlgrenska University hospital (2016).

Her work is held in the collections of Public Art Agency Sweden, KORO (Norway), The Museum of Art in Skövde (Sweden), Region Stockholm (Sweden) among others.

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Director Statement

I primarily work with video and photography, but my art can also be seen as painting in an expanded field. My works have similarities with large portraits or landscape paintings, but there is often some form of displacement of movement or abstraction going on as well. This makes the references to paintings at the same time elusive and obvious, creating a visuality between reality and something else that is recognizable, and also foreign.

For over ten years, I have collected working material in an archive called Ecolonia. The archive contains essentials, observations and sensations from nature and life itself. I processes and abstracts this material with various digital editing techniques in a process that alternate between intuitive and planned actions, focusing on slightly altered repetitive patterns, movement and small changes developed over a long period of time.