The Story of a Garden

single-channel video installation. 10 min. 8mm transferred to video. Silent

Kristina Kvalvik. 2014


1 min. excerpt



The installation The Story of a Garden consists of a black and white silent film and 8 photographs. Together they form a representation of a garden, which surrounds the audience in the gallery. In the 19th century, the garden was closely associated with the human soul and symbolized freedom.

Taking its starting point in the Non-Catholic Cemetery, Rome - a final resting place for strangers – the work explores themes of unfamiliarity, history and death. Inside the cemetery – labyrinthine and filled with prospective adventures – the city becomes a distant echo. A dialogue with the past is present and fragments of previous journeys can be found in the quiet rooms of the garden. Statues carved in stone appear to move. Everything is quiet and unassailable; time is momentarily on pause.




8 photographs. Dia sec mounted. 30 x 40 cm




Installation shot: Skilsmissen. Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall. Arendal. Norway. 2014

Photo: Alf-Georg Dannevig


The Story of a Garden is supported by: The Danish Arts Council, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Nordic Culture Point, Circolo Scandinavo, Accademia di Danimarca.