August 21, 2017

In Korea, a documentary used to be considered as a part of journalism, and it is accepted as having a distance from arts, personal tastes, or imaginations. However, an artist who paints pictures has used the animation to portray his grandmother’s life. It is not just a technical reason to replace something that cannot be photo- graphed or reproduced. The film is a montage of images, and animated images have been adopted as a w...

In 1909 in an undemocratic Sweden, a bastard child is born. Called Hervor, her mother is unmarried, and therefore labelled a ‘whore’ and driven from her home. Hervor grows up in shelters and orphanages, unwanted and rejected by society. When she becomes an adult, she fights for women’s rights and social justice for the thousands of children who were placed in similar situations as her. Artist Knutte Wester spends his childhood...

May 4, 2017

What advertisers are most eager to target in consumers is their desire to be loved, and that primal need is what haunts every frame of Knutte Wester’s “A Bastard Child,” a vividly nuanced ode to the filmmaker’s grandmother, Hervor. She was born in 1909 to a woman, Ada, who was shunned by her family and the rest of the community in Stockholm because of her unmarried status. Cast adrift in society, Ada was forced to send Hervor...

Swedish watercolour artist and filmmaker Knutte Wester draws a great amount of inspiration from the stories of his grandmother’s impoverished, trying childhood in the downtrodden, incendiary, but still sadly relevant documentary A Bastard Child.

Born in 1909 to a single mother – who was branded as a whore, as was custom in Europe at the time – Wester’s grandmother, Hervor, was forced to suffer for her mother’s actions. When she...

FILMRECENSIONER Knutte Westers har gjort en stark film om sin farmor, som betraktades som horunge.

Om du har tagit del av Umeåbon Knutte Westers konst vet du att hans tema ofta är flyktingar och migration. Han har gjort skulpturer och filmer som utgått från något verkligt, som att han jobbar med flyktingbarn.

Den här gången har han gjort en film om sin farmor, men han har inte bytt spår. Det handlar fortfarande om varför vi...

December 9, 2015

Throughout my career I have been drawn to artists who use their practice as a means of exploring space and time. Not in the astronomical sense, but on an earthly, human level. Knutte Wester is such an artist.

Wester understands the critical underpinnings of the human experience as well as the ability of art to not only inspire, but to also empower those who have been disenfranchised and silenced by the machinations of economics...

September 3, 2013

‘ANSWERABILITY’ IS A TERM coined 1919, in
a short essay by Mikhail Bakhtin, the Russian literature theorist; with it he announces the relation b

etween a literary form and the world external to the context of literature itself. In other words, it is an attempt to put the relation between art and responsibility into theory. Answerability is a part of his larger ethical concept of dialogism, through which he acknowledges the poss...

April 1, 2003

Nowadays artists want to exist for real, to be part of it, to be into the world party, where the pavement’s stones are learning to fly and the walls are screaming canned paint. Artists want to be in the world as theirselves and not just as links in the symbiotic chain of the ostrich’s art farm ivory reservation, where there always is a new Newton reinventing the gravity laws of fame. Those fucking 15 minutes do not shine anymo...

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Knutte Wester is Represented by Gallery Andersson/Sandström