Joanna Lombard

b. 1972. Lives and works in Stockholm. Joanna Lombard graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her works have been shown at exhibitions including “The Black Moon” at the Palais de Tokyo, “The Society Without Qualities” at the Tensta konsthall and “The Hidden Mother,” a psychoanalytic exhibition at the Atelier de Berthe Morisot. She also participated in ZAAL5, a platform for moving images at Filmhuis Den Haag (Netherlands) and the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany).

Orbital Re-enactments, 2010
4 channel video installation (loop)
Emotional mobilization, 12 min.
Regression, fear of dissolving, 6 min.
Breastfeeding by the mother as long as the child wants it, 6 min.
Report of a group of Selbstdarstellungs, 6 min.
Courtesy the artist
The point of departure for Orbital Re-enactments is memories, those of Joanna Lombard and of others, which are re-enacted in four scenes. The stories concern the relationship between children and adults. The children are free individuals who have to make their own decisions; the adults transgress borders and act like children. The children are left to their own devices and live their own lives. The artwork also deals with issues such as the body and individuality; can the individual body be a collective body? The stories are inspired by Joanna’s childhood memories from the commune Ljusbacken where she grew up. Ljusbacken was a part of the 1960s counter-culture and its radical lifestyle experiments with behaviour and co-existence and was one of the biggest radical communes in Scandinavia.
[Joanna Lombard]
The work of Swedish artist Joanna Lombard plays with the imaginary border between collective and individual imagination. With childhood memories as a point of departure for her work, Lombard’s oeuvre floats in-between a world of psychological repression, psychoanalytical liberation and cinematographic catharsis. In Orbital Re-enactments, four different scenes recorded in an impersonal and mechanical way, by a camera that rotates in a panoramic travelling, tells us the story about a society where rules and taboos have changed places. Lombard places the events in a space halfway between good and evil, fantasy and reality. [Sinziana Ravini, from the exhibition “The Black Moon,” Palais de Tokyo]