Cecilia Stenbom (Jan - Jul 2013)


Cecilia Stenbom (Jan - Jul 2013)

Cecilia is originally from Sweden and has been based in Iceland, Finland and Scotland before moving to England in 2005. Her work is concerned with notions of identity in a consumer driven and information rich culture and how even the most mundane and seemingly unassuming moments are affected by the abundance of information surrounding us. She examines our anxieties and desires, reinterpreting scenarios within entertainment, mass media, retail, and domestic life. She works across media including video/film, installation, drawing and painting.

Cecilia’s proposal for the residency took  its inspiration from British crime dramas and the Nordic Noir genre, and responded to the Festival’s 2013 theme, North by Northeast, which explored our region’s historical, cultural and trade links with our neighbours across the North Sea.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1976 Cecilia completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland in 2003 before completing a Master of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art in 2005.

Cecilia Stenbom shot her short film The Case in Berwick Upon Tweed in May 2013. It was filmed at various locations around the town, during a two day shoot, with a cast and crew consisting of talent sourced locally, nationally and internationally. The film took its starting point from popular crime fiction, specifically looking at Nordic Noir, a genre that has in recent years gained popularity in the UK. Playing with the widespread familiarity with the genre the work explored public safety thinking, and what triggers contemporary fear.

The Case was premiered at the opening gala of the 9th  Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in September 2013 and was shown at the Custom House throughout the festival period. It has also been shown at London Short Film Festival, 2013 and Glasgow Short Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014.