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Stark landscapes and slow pacing

John Skoog, Forar 2012, HD digital film16 minutes and 32 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias,

John Skoog, Forar 2012, HD digital film16 minutes and 32 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias,

The Towner art gallery’s new exhibition is called Redoubt – a newly-commissioned film by Swedish photographer and film maker John Skoog for his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery.

Skoog’s work follows in the tradition of Scandinavian film through the use of stark landscapes and slow-pacing, leaving much to the imagination of the viewer.

It alludes to a narrative by creating a highly atmospheric but emotionally bare approach to storytelling. Redoubt is set in the flat farmlands of the southern Swedish provinces and centred upon a concrete monument that was once a traditional Swedish farm.

Councillor Carolyn Heaps said, “The Towner has had many exciting exhibitions in recent years and we are thrilled to host John Skoog for his first solo exhibition here in Eastbourne.

“The contemporary exhibition shows a new way of storytelling and I highly recommend attending.”

The home of Karl Göran Persson, the farmer made it his life’s work, until his death in 1975, to fortify the dwelling for fear of Soviet invasion.

He used junk from scrap yards cast in cement to reinforce the building. As the years have worn away the concrete, the outlines of the objects he used reappear in the cement, creating a peculiar monument which rises up in the idle of a rye field.

Although it was imagined as a landscape, the film constructs a portrait of a man and proposes that there are many different ways to live ones life.

The free exhibition runs until April 6. For further insight into the exhibition, visitors can go to the artists talk on February 22 (3pm). John Skoog will present the history and development of his work including his newly commissioned film for Towner. The talk is £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £4 for members.

In addition, visitors can go to the curator’s free talk on March 20 (12.30pm) for free.

 

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