Feelings of melancholy and intrigue permeate Billing’s films which represent changing societies and the emotions people lose touch with. Oscillating between the staged and the real, the works synthesize charged silences and permeating pop songs in order to reflect the psychology of group dynamic. Included in this screening of multiple works is YOU DON’T LOVE ME YET, which features 40 musicians, recording a cover version of the Roky Erickson song of the same name. The film is a product of an extensive tour that includes multiple interpretations by local participants at each venue. Other films portray a graduate art class performing a dance routine, a document recording the process of moving out in mechanical detail, and a large crowd of young people seemingly waiting for something to happen.
Johanna Billing lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She received her MFA from Kanstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1999. She has been the subject of numerous solo shows over the last few years in Europe and the U.S. and was included in the 9th Istanbul Biennial, the 50th Venice Biennial and the 1st Prague Biennial. Solo exhibitions have been presented at Marabou Park, Sweden and P.S. 1, New York and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago.
The films in this screening are shown as samples by the permission of the artist. They are usually shown as looping installations in a gallery setting.