START POINT PRIZE – Prize for emerging artists

Cecilia Nygren

In 1974 Werner Herzog filmed a short documentary named “Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner” (The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner), which is about the best world ski-jumper back then and his fears and dreams. Almost forty years later, Cecilia Nygren found out that the Swiss ski jumper currently lives in Swedish town Falun and she decided to create a sequel to Herzog’s documentary. In the intersection of intimate interviews, archival footage and dreamlike passages, the story captures not only the memories and dreams of an elderly man, but also a reflection on the documentary genre itself and its mutations and possibilities. (Pavel Vančát)

Education: 2010-2012 Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, MFA; 2009-2010 The Banff Centre, Visual Arts Studio Work Study Program; 2005-2008 Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, BFA; 2006 Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Linnaeus Palme Exchange Program. Grants: 2012 Ida Unman Foundation; 2011 Ida Unman Foundation; 2008 Banff Centre Scholarship; 2008 Royal Swedish Academy of Arts Stockholm, Education Grant; 2008 KUNO, Travel Grant; 2008 Sven Kjersén Foundation, Education Grant; 2006 SIDA, Linnaeus-Palme Foundation, Travel Grant; 2006 Gålöstiftelsen, Education Grant.