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Screening: Fulll Firearms by Emily Wardill followed by a conversation with Cecilia Sjöholm

Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 3 pm
Place: Iaspis, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor, Stockholm

Iaspis is pleased to present a screening of Emily Wardill´s film, Fulll Firearms (2011) followed by a conversation between the artist and Professor Cecilia Sjöholm. Fulll Firearms was originally presented as a part of an extensive solo exhibition at Badischer Kunstverein in Germany.  Here is an excerpt from their presentation of the film:

“Wardill’s film Fulll Firearms is based around the genre of the melodrama and confronts the structure of linear narration, breaking up, shifting and dissolving, all of which represent characteristics of Wardill’s films. The film revolves around the relationships between the protagonists as well as their behavior in times of conflict. Wardill creates a tension between characters that exist at the borders of physical and mental capacity: instability, paranoia and a loss of reality are not found on the edges of modern society, but at its centre. They represent the drivers of a plot that questions the normalisation and control of social behavior.
In Fulll Firearms it is the delusion of the figure of Imelda that draws the story along and undermines the distinction between imagination and reality. Imelda is the daughter of an arms manufacturer and is possessed by the idea that she will be haunted by the ghosts of those killed by her father’s weapons. She uses her inheritance to pay for a large house intended to accommodate the ghosts and lessen her guilt. Her fantasies are contrasted with the targeted approach of the architect who tries to implement her wishes architecturally, but whose grasp of reality becomes increasingly unsettled – the building is occupied by squatters who Imelda believes to be the ghosts she has been expecting and who take up a permanent place in her life.”

Emily Wardill is a visual artist based in Marseille. Her films have been screened at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Witte de With, Rotterdam, London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Britain, London, among others. Currently she holds a studio grant at Iaspis in Stockholm.

Cecilia Sjöholm is a Professor of Aesthetics at Södertörn University in Stockholm. Her research is primarily focused on questions regarding the borders between literature, art and philosophy, especially in the tradition of phenomenology.

Fulll Firearms is 1 hour 20 minutes long.

For more information please contact Iaspis project coordinator Ulrika Sten at e-mail: or phone no.  +46 (0)8 506 550 00

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Emily Wardill, Fulll Firearms (Filmstill), 2011

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