My name is Linnéa Haviland and I am a visual storyteller based in London. My work focuses on the politics of representation and how this links to the politics of identity and identity formation. I am interested in the way structural inequalities are perpetuated and normalized through visual culture, and the impact this has on people's lives.
Visual communication is often made dependent on stereotypical representation. I am interested in how this impacts identity formation and expression, but also how it governs and limits the historical and contemporary imagination. Why is it possible to make a film where Abraham Lincoln is a vampire hunter, but not a historical film with a black woman playing any other character than a maid?
I work mainly with documentary animation and illustration, using an experimental multimedia approach to draw attention to the constructed nature of documentary narrative. A collaborative approach is central to the way I work, making it possible to highlight the experience of others while simultaneously undermining the hierarchy between artist and subject. Collaboration also becomes an essential part of the material process. I like playing and experimenting with materials and processes which connects with the subject matter of the project and the people involved, engaging with the different experiences and meanings that different materials and media can represent.
Ultimately I believe art speaks to us on an emotional level and has the power to change our ways of seeing. My work centers around understanding art as a way of growing and healing through the act of experimentation, self expression and reflection.