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Dreams with Helin

What’s on your mind right now:
– ”The only thing that I know is that I know nothing”. This quote from Socrates is constantly on repeat in my head.

Who’s visual expression makes you feel overwhelmed?
– LSD world peace on instagram.

Where do you turn to online for inspiration?
– The world wide web is the limit!
I’m a heavy Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr user.

What do you dream about?
– I’m dreaming and longing for when I’m able to master each part in the creative process by myself. I get really frustrated when I can’t fulfill or complete my ideas by my own.

What piece of writing opened your eyes?
I think my sister Dimen is truly amazing when it comes to writing. Her choice of words and the dramaturgy is strong and powerful.
There’s been a time now where I have found it difficult to read, but her pieces is always easy to get caught up in. There’s a flow in her way of writing mixed with poetic words that’s always straight forward, she’s never hiding.
She doesn’t leave anything unsaid either it’s a script, a poem or a random text. She’s honest and true in what she’s doing and for that I admire her.

What’s your preferred space?
– The sauna.

What’s your relationship with time like?
I’m trying not to be controlled by time. Observing myself in relation to time I’ve notice that the past is just a vague memory, the present is hard to perceive and the future is my constant goal.
I understand that being in the future isn’t a sustainable path but where I am is not who I am. Learning how to accept time is also how I learn to accept my own process in life.

What makes you excited about work?
– I get really excited finding new inspiring people. That’s why I really like my work.

Who would you would love to work with?
– The ultimate dream would be to work with people that I’ve discovered myself or maybe working with creative people that doesn’t have a big influence yet, but soon to come.
Then there’s of course a lot of amazing creators out there that has already made a name of themselves that could be amazing to work with, but I haven’t really decided of who and why.
If I have to namedrop a few it’s pretty obvious that it would be Harley Weir and Oliver Hadlee Pearch when it comes to fashion photography and Jacquemus when it comes to fashion design, I absolutely LOVE him.

What’s the biggest risk of your life?
– To truly trust in myself and my intuition.

Credits

Helin Honung is a casting director, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm december 2017

Dreams with Malin

What’s on your mind right now:
– Naked bodies, christmas songs and odd sunglasses.

Who’s visual expression makes you feel overwhelmed?
– Just now I’m in love with the work of the Posternak twins and of the image making duo Hart + Lëshkina.

Where do you turn to online for inspiration?
– Instagram and Pinterest. Practically endless and always accessable.

What do you dream about?
– To live a creative life. And to figure out whatever that actually means, for me.

What piece of writing opened your eyes?
– The second sex by Simone de Beauvoir.

What’s your relationship with time like?
– I do most often think I have more time than I actually do. But on the other hand I constantly need to remind myself that there is no rush to figure out what I want to do or what I want life to be like. Time will show.

What’s your preferred space?
– Anywhere among creative and eye opening people.

Do you feel a sense of belonging in your field as a creative? How?
– Not really. But I hope and believe that it will become clear for me in time. Or if doesn’t and I will just keep exploring different fields of my creative self. Sounds alright to me aswell when I think about it.

What makes you excited about work?
– Those moments when you get lost in the process, kind of forgets time and space and when you finish, you can feel how that state of mind got captured in your work.

Name a defining moment in your life.
– When I moved to Stockholm from a smaller village. It has given me so many possibilities, but most importantly, it has made me feel free.

Credits

Malin Karlsson is an art student, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm december 2017

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Alicja Podgórska Birkner is an artist and designer based in Munich. Find her here.

1

“In 1987, I traveled to italy as part of an italian course. Here are two of my most memorable moments that have changed the way I look at art. In Venice I visited a Matisse show. Every painting opened a new world of shapes, colours, compositions. Now this really was painting!
His paper cut outs resulted from an illness, from which time on he was bound to bed and later a wheelchair, unable to paint. For me, this picture, showing Matisse in his 70s, symbolizes a vital, almost compulsive urge to create, that I, too am familiar with.”

Henri Matisse at the Hôtel Régina, Nice, 1952. Found here.

2

“1987, same trip. In Rome I had my first encounter with Bernini’s sculptures. Back in Poland, I had seen his work, but only in a slide show in an art history class. Arrogantly, I thought to myself “well, another baroque sculptor..“. But this time, I saw his work in the flesh, and what a revelation this has been! The angel, playfully interacting with Habakkuk’s hair, carved in heavy marble, incredibly skillfull yet somehow humorous and light. This moment convinced me that sculptures must be seen, touched and experienced. Pictures almost never do them justice.”

Habakkuk and the Angel, Bernini, 1656-61 Chigi Chapel, Rome. Found here.

3

“There are two very similar sculptures by Brancusi and Jean Arp, a shape that I too had made in 1984, completely ignorant of these two artists, while studying art in a socialist Poland.
Since then, I am wondering about inspiration and kinship. Why is it that someone decides on a shape, a certain gesture? Why are there sometimes such profound similiarities? It is as if something immaterial is trying to become material, but through the mind and hands of an artist. This picture shows the studio of Brancusi in Paris, that represents a place of perfect harmony for me.”

Atelier Brancusi, Paris. Found here.

#TB Angry sixteen

A throwback to my days as a 16 year old girl. Sometimes feels like yesterday..

Dreams with Indra

What’s on your mind right now:
– Work. work. work.

Who’s visual expression makes you feel overwhelmed?
– Right now I’m inspired by the the great locations of Wim Wenders. I’m certainly not the first but that doesn’t make them less brilliant.

Where do you turn to online for inspiration?
– Instagram or Flickr. No hidden gem unfortunately.

What do you dream about?
– Sun and palm trees. And pasta and red wine in Italy. La Dolce Vita.

What piece of writing opened your eyes?
– Paolo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. Just kidding – those who knows – knows.

What’s your relationship with time like?
– It’s there and I cope with it. It passes by while life happens.

Who would you love to work with.
– I’m not into soccer at all, but for some reason a dream of mine would be to work with Paul Pogba. And do a short for Vogue. Why not combine?

What’s your preferred space?
– My home.

Do you feel a sense of belonging in your field as a creative? How?
– Yes. But it hasn’t always been like that. Starting out in the field of theatre I soon realised that I felt trapped within “the black box”. I wanted to explore and capture the real world, the real life, not limit it to a stage. So I turned to film and instantly knew that this is where I belong.

What makes you excited about work?
– There’s so many exciting parts in the process of filmmaking; stories to tell, visions to bring to life and places to see. But most important for me is the people. Being surrounded by great people who I trust, respect and feel inspired by is key. Without them nothing of the above would be worth it.

Name a defining moment in your life.
– When I realised that I couldn’t stay awake when going to a play. If something bores you that much, it’s not for you.

What’s the biggest risk of your life?

– This might sound corny, but I’ll risk that. I rarely see things as risks, I’ve always seen them as opportunities.

Credits

Indra Herö Wide is a director, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm 20 November 2017.

New Magazine

Some of my latest work for New Magazine. Shot by Pauline Suzor and casting by Helin Honung.