Film still from "You had to be there". Photo: Samuel Voigt Lind

Blue Friday: You had to be there

Film and conversation

30.8 2024

Stockholm

Moderna Museet’s Youth Council presents Blue Friday. Watch the Youth Council’s film “You had to be there” and listen to some of the council members sharing their thoughts on the film and the exhibition “Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection”.

“You had to be there” (2024) is the Moderna Museet’s Youth Council’s creative response to an exploration of the exhibition “Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection”. Together with curator Hendrik Folkerts, the Youth Council has delved deeply into the various themes of the exhibition and intertwined them with their own thoughts and reflections.

On Friday 30 August, there will be a screening of “You had to be there”, including an opportunity to meet some of the Youth Council’s members. During the evening, they will talk about the work of the council, the film and the exhibition “Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection”.

Film still from "You had to be there". Photo: Samuel Voigt Lind

You had to be there

45 min, 2024

“You had to be there” reflects a range of emotions, including the fear of missing out. The film raises questions, similar to those that Rashid Johnson poses through his art. Themes such as watching, witnessing and being seen are central to the film. What are they watching? What are they feeling and thinking? What happens in the film and what stories are told?

The slow pace of the film and the active watching of the people being filmed, can create an uncertainty in the viewer. Perhaps we can regard “You had to be there” as a portrait of the Youth Council?

“You had to be there” is the seventh film to be included in the film programme in connection to “Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection”.

Programme 30 August 2024

At 18.30

Curator Hendrik Folkerts welcomes the audience, presents and talks with the Youth Council in The Salon with the blue floor in the exhibition.

At 18.45–19.30

Pop-up talks
Join us when the Youth Council share their thoughts about the film and the exhibition.

At 18–20

Creative Blue Activities
In the corridor to the collection, floor 4.

Film still from "You had to be there". Photo: Samuel Voigt Lind

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Blue Friday: You had to be there