On Thursday, February 16th in the Johann König Gallery in Berlin, around 400 young people met to attend the first screening of Jonas Lindström’s short film, Truth or Dare.
This Berlin-based photographer has been making waves on the scene, and quickly became the golden child of the fashion sphere working for Kenzo among other big names. As we walked in, we were almost spooked out by the amount of cool guys per square meter inside and outside the venue. Stussy/Fila/Yeezy wearing tall guys filled up the space having a drink, a laugh and eventually, actually watching the short film. This is mainly due to the fact that Jonas has developed his career in the city, and this short film was done in collaboration with Marc Goehring, who is the fashion editor and stylist of the über cool 032c Magazine, based as well in the German capital.
But not even such a notable crowd could take the spotlight away from the beautiful, strong and painful short film Lindström screened that evening. Stunningly striking photography – which is a given when talking about his technique – combined with 21 strong performances, impeccable color palettes, and a soundtrack that echoed in our heads for several hours after the opening.
Truth or Dare has as a motto the following quote: “That sharp pain you sometimes wonder about is felt by us all”. As mentioned during his interview with 032c: “The photographer and filmmaker, who worked with 032c’s Fashion Editor and stylist Marc Goehring for the film, describes his newest project as a reflection on the content found on mobile devices whose search histories reveal queries from activism to meme-culture”. The different elements and scenarios seen in the film prove the fact that this is a reflection from the current young generation: smartphones, streetwear, social media, online pornography, a rave, a poetic and romantic suicide attempt, explosions that look real but are inside us, a street fight, a selfie session in the middle of a fire, and our favorite: a guy walking and at the same time expressing his anger through rapping verses while he walks down a suburban landscape filled with those kind of middle-class homes divided with fences from the “real” world. We imagine the inhabitants of those homes blindfolded from anger, the feeling this young man is going through, living a life inspired on cereal commercials.
This short film leaves you feeling uneasy and moved, anxious but not in a nice way: this can sound negative, but it is not. This feeling of deep anxiety and pain, these questions about social inequality and existentialism, are nothing but an awakening for our generation and a perfect reflection of the zeitgeist. During these convulsive, unfair and ever-changing times, it is hard to feel at ease. During the last year or so, we have all gone to bed with mixed feelings about the global situation, our peers and our own interior conflicts; only to wake up to more confusion and new challenges to face. Truth or Dare is an externalization of these sensations, an experience that begins with a screening of a short film and ends on a self-exploration journey for each viewer.
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