Mats Hjelm: KAP ATLANTIS
28 August–29 September 2002
“Mats Hjelm has in several respects taken a special position in both Swedish and international art life. While the pace there constantly seems to be accelerated when it comes to producing new works, Mats Hjelm has chosen the opposite path. The trilogy of film installations that began with ‘White Flight’ (1997) and ‘Man to Man’ (2000), and which now ends with ‘Cape Atlantis’ at Index in Stockholm, took him eight years to complete. /…/ The trilogy is based on the son’s relationship with the father. On a personal level as Mats Hjelm’s ambivalent tribute to his father, the documentary filmmaker Lars Hjelm, whose films are partly reused in ‘White Flight’ (in parallel with newly filmed material). On a sociopolitical level as a consideration of men’s heritage to each other, of how masculinity is tragically linked to power, dominance and violence. /…/ Mats Hjelm’s fantastic trilogy certainly does not belong to Sweden, it belongs to the world. And as such, it is already booked to be shown in its entirety in both Austria and the Netherlands. But it would still be strange if no Swedish institution with the resources to show all three parts at the same time took on this milestone in the art history of the moving image.”
Translated quote from DN, 2002-08-31, Lars O Ericsson. Read full text in Swedish.