Life´s Work

Digital HD Video / 16:9 / Color / Stereo / 4:56 min / Filmed: 2013-14 / Released: September 2014


Through the short film entitled Life’s Work, Henrik Malmström offers an unpredictable twist on the
distance between objectivity and subjectivity by reflecting on the mundane situations of various
Portuguese inhabitants from his local neighbourhood in Hamburg, Germany.

Getting as close as possible yet aspiring to a neutral position, Malmström conjures up the vivid
presence of cleaners, sex workers, laundrette staff, religious worshippers and commuters.
With deadpan humour and an unremitting gaze, the artist seeks to open up ‘the universe next door’
whilst also engaging more broadly in the multitude of individual dreams that form one universal wish
– to find happiness in life through comfort and material security.

Commissioned and curated by: 1000 Words / Tim Clark


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