Private Language : Malin Gabriella Nordin

Malin Gabriella Nordin is an eclectic Swedish artist from Stockholm. Her work goes through sculpture, painting and collage all together. Trying to create an interesting artistic experiment, Malin invited many children to confront themselves with her artworks and Private Language is the book that collects the curious outcome of this experiment. This is how she describes the project:

“I invited eleven children between the ages of three and five to interpret my collection of sculptures. I met with each child individually for an hour to discuss the collection: what they thought the sculptures looked like, if there was a story connected to them, which one they liked the most, etc. I asked each child if they felt the collection was missing something, and if so could they draw the missing piece. I asked them if the sculptures were placed in the right order or if they wanted to rearrange them, which every child except for one did.
Even the children who didn’t have anything to say about my sculptures were so certain when they started to move them around. There was no hesitation – they knew exactly how and where they were supposed to go. Before any judgment on the beautiful or the ugly, before any acceptance or refusal (official or private), they provided a testimony of a certain way of being in the world, experiencing the world. In this world objects have souls, they have personalities, they even look like “the little man” and they do interact with each other”.


Text and images © Malin Gabriella Nordin | Photographs by Emilia Bergmark Jiménez

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