To See the World, To Feel With Your Eyes

Kari Mjåtveit

Kari Mjåtveit (born 1957) works with photography, film and video. Her works often employ a compressed narrative strategy that prompts the viewer to wonder what actually happened and why. They depict moments of minute perception of the kind that leave us perplexed when they occur. In Mjåtveit’s films, these moments can represent either the beginning or the end of a story, but sometimes also a story in progress.
Kari Mjåtveit lives and works in Malmö.

The work Shared Room was made in collaboration with the poet Ellen Einan (1931–2013), who was born and lived in Svolvaer. Einan, whose first anthology of poems, “Den gode engsöster”, was published in 1982 shares, Mjåtveit’s interest in strange, fleeting moments that lie beyond the range of our normal perceptions and language, but which can provide revelations and open new perspectives onto our surroundings and ourselves.

Kari Mjåtveit & Ellen Einan, Shared Room, 2006. DVD. Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik
Kari Mjåtveit & Ellen Einan, Shared Room, 2006. DVD. Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik