Swedness and Cecilia Video 12 min (Swedness), 15 min (Cecilia) 2015
Swedness and Cecilia are two videos about Swedish-American culture, shot on different trips to Minnesota.
I investigate how Swedish heritage and culture is perceived and celebrated by Swedish-Americans.
In Swedness, I partake in and document a Midsummer celebration held at a Scandinavian heritage museum
in Scandia, Minnesota. I awkwardly “perform” Swedish culture, for example, by dancing around the Maypole
and other traditions linked to my culture.
Cecilia is a portrait of one of my American relatives, a daughter of Swedish emigrants who was keen on keeping the contact with Sweden. In the video, we hear other relatives talk about her and her family, and paint a
picture of a strong, one-of-a-kind woman, and of a Swedish-American immigrant family’s ways and traditions.