Mama Dada Gaga 





YEAR: 2019 I MATERIAL: HD film and spatial experience
DUR: 33 min (theater version) + expanded duration when shown in spatial presentation. Distributed by Filmform

FILM STILL (PHOTO BY LISABI FRIDELL)

Mama Dada Gaga is an exploratory and uncompromising film - and spatial presentation - depicting play, definitions and artistic work at large. In collaboration with her 5 year old daughter and Parkinson's diseased mother the visual artist Åsa Cederqvist stage a world under a constant construction. Mama Dada Gaga makes up with reality and fiction, questioning the expectations of motherhood and the role of women in an expression freaking out more and more. Mama Dada Gaga aim to apply a multilayered narrative of an interaction - between physicality and abstraction. In an associative form, this film reflects on artistic practice, creation, materiality, motherhood/ childhood, upbringing / liberation, life and death.



FILM STILL (PHOTO BY LISABI FRIDELL
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FILM STILL (PHOTO BY FRIDA WENDEL
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FILM STILL (PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN EDGREN
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In Mama Dada Gaga we meet three generations of women in a hybrid expression where playing and different role plays makes up with the expectations of the role of the artist, motherhood and the role of women. Through scenes like The Deliverance, The Transformation, Playing with Dough, The Leap and Play with the Future, we experience how the film is thrown between fiction and reality and how the story plays as much with the viewer as with the content of the work itself. Mama Dada Gaga suggests a multi-layered storytelling – between physicality and abstraction, parenthood and childhood, symbiosis and separation, hybris and crisis, life and death.

A recurring sequence in Mama Dada Gaga is the Birth, the transformation, the transition from one state to another. The sculptures in the film form set-design elements for the rituals of play, but they are also stand-alone sculptures that themselves express these different states. Just like the film’s three main characters. Another interconnected part is the abstract, glossy, pink pattern – the motif of the pink dough. Or is it the inside of the body? Or is it marble, or any material, extremely zoomed in, close so that it becomes a symbol of the ferocious, growing, ever-present. In the film, the main characters jump into the dough and transform into dough figures (and art objects) that allow themselves to be shaped and fermented further.
The intention was to work with film as a physical and spatial medium, as well as highlighting motives and approaches that I lack in the art context. I wanted to work with play, parody, humor and at the same time let the life crisis and the everyday hardships be part. Not any neither-or!

Mama Dada Gaga makes up with reality and fiction, questioning the expectations of motherhood and the role of women in an expression that freaks out more and more. The result is a kind of materialization of how relationships and their possibilities are in a constant change of state. Mama Dada Gaga is available as a movie (32:25) or as a spatial version to be shown with additional movie parts (ref. On request) together with various sculptures and set design elements.

Supported by: The Swedish Film Institute, IASPIS – the International Art Study Program in Sweden, Filmbasen and The Line


DETAIL INSTALLATION VIEW, MOMENTUM 10, MOSS
(PHOTO BY VEGARD KLEVEN) 



DETAIL INSTALLATION VIEW, MOMENTUM 10, MOSS



DETAIL INSTALLATION VIEW, MOMENTUM 10, MOSS

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