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Helena Öhman McCardle [Videonale.13]

* 1970 in Umeå SWE, lives in Glasgow GBR and Schweden SWE
Studied at Kungliga konsthögskolan, Stockholm SWE, at Environmental Art Department of Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow GBR

Exhibitions [selection]:

2013 Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow GBR [S]

2012 Wavelength, Market Gallery, Glasgow GBR [S]

         Videonale 13, IZOLYATSIA, Donetsk UKR

2011 Dialogue in Contemporary Video Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung TPE

         Loop Video Art Fair, Barcelona ESP

2010 ...också vidare, Örebro Konsthall, Örebro SWE

         XRAY@ResoVision at Resonance FM 104.4, Frieze Art Fair, London GBR

2009 4x4 Studio Shows, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow GBR [S]

2008 15.33, Gallery ak28, Stockholm SWE [S]

         Snap To Grid, LACDA – Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, Los Angeles USA

Helena Öhmann McCardle

I remember, 2009, 09:04 min., sound, b/w [VIDEONALE.13]

Language seems to be the worst medium with which to represent our past. Its linearity and its causal narrative logic often does not correspond to with the chaotic structure of our memories. McCardle explores the medium of video to create memoryscapes that better represent the way we perceive, construct, and store our lived experiences in our heads. Although in I remember the artist attempts to talk about a repressed episode of her personal history, the appropriation of somebody else's video material suggests the existence of some archetypal patterns that we all have in common. Behind the uniqueness of our experiences there lies a universal longing for love and acceptance, as well as fear and the desire to escape – a dichotomy that perpetually generates the tension between the need to remember and the need to forget. The dreamlike sequences of McCardle's work with their surreal frame transitions are punctuated with lines of text that do not explain the images but rather emerge between images, set against a black background. Thus, language functions as a parallel reality that often proves insufficient to express what we feel and remember.

Olena Chervonik

Helena Öhmann McCardle [ Videonale.13 ]