NICOLINE VAN HARSKAMP, DARLING GOOD NIGHT, 2015

This spring SFKM purchased van Harskamp's artwork for the collection. The video work was produced in Førde and Jølster in the autumn of 2015, in conjunction with the international exhibition The Translator's Voice. This summer you can experience the video in our large exhibition space on the ground floor. 

Darling Good Night consists of an audio track superimposed onto a video of a still lake. The accompanying audio records the stories of a number of people who are waiting for their residence permits in a rural part of Norway, retelling their “linguistic journeys” from Eritrea, Syria, Ethiopia, and Sudan to Europe. The lake and mountains in the video are their exact view while waiting at Jølster refugee center and learning New Norwegian, one of Norway's two official varieties of Norwegian.

The video is part of van Harskamps video series "Englishes".

Video, 16min 3s

Interviewees: anonymous residents of Jølster refugee center and refugees with a residence permit in Førde, Norway
Camera: Ole Johnny Devik
Audio mix: Slobodan Bajic
Thanks to: Martin Waldmeier, Berhanu Mekonen and Ingrid Norum
Made possible by: Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde