Saskia Holmkvist

Over the past few years I have been engaged in an art practice that moves between video, performance and site specific projects–in an ongoing artistic investigation into the relations of the politics of the authentic and credible. In the process I explore the negotiation of undertaking roles in life and how stuctures within language affect the politics of these positions. My interest lies in what is behind the apparent dialogue or culture such as manipulations, strategies, missunderstandings, translations and more.

To this aim, I employ conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as journalism, theater, documentary film and psychoanalytics. People from different categories of profession are invited to participate in the projects; such as job-recruiters, UN mediators, the police working with interrogation, psycho-therapists, media trainers, people doing voice over in documentary film, to establish a framework were a meeting leads to an exchange of knowledge or a conflict of interest that is later represented in the work. The purpose of these experimentations are to get closer to how language is used, be it verbal or in any other form as a tool to master a situation in communication.

Artist Code: 970


In Translation

2011, 29:06 minutes, colour

Blind Understanding

2009, 12:05 minutes, colour, English, closed captoins

In Character, Role Control

2008, 17:00 minutes, colour

Interview with Saskia Holmvist

2005, 08:40 minutes

Eight Martini

2004, 04:00 minutes


2001, 05:00 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Curatorial Incubator v. 16: Living in Hope
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2021.
Curatorial Incubator v. 13: The Job of Life
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2016.
Curatorial Incubator: Stop With the Performance Already!
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: V tape, 2014.