Joanna Lombard, born in Algeria in 1972, raised in Stockholm where she lives and works.
In my practice I work with film, photography, installation, sound and text. I often work with the staging of situations with authentic backgrounds that deal with issues of identity, origin and exclusion. The works are observations and reflections on processes that originate in personal experiences. I often start several processes simultaneously, and sometimes they trigger a process which results in a work; at other times they are forgotten and may be taken up much later. Today, for example, I ordered a floor plan of the building in Ljusbacken where I grew up. This is the place I tend to return to, the hole I dig into, my point of no return, a place that triggers my imagination. I believe this is where I attempted to understand the world and its conditions and that’s why I want to return. There I see my gaze as elementary and it helps me organise my world view. I grew up in the 1970s in one of the progg and hippie movement’s absolute strongholds, Ljusbacken in Hälsingland. The place, the time and its flow of ideologies serve as a backdrop for my story.
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger