Together with amateurs actors she create unrehearsed film scenes and use humour as a device to discuss notions of the body-health, isolation, family and sexual politics. Her fictional and semi-fictional works combine elements and structures from disaster documentaries, advertising campaigns and soap operas. Where the horse, the teenage girl and the mother are recurring characters alongside clumsy allegories in conflicts of human condition or environmental catastrophes.
Her documentary ‘Mothership goes to Brazil’, based on her relationship with her mother and her afflictions, beliefs, addictions and co-dependencies, premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2016 (IDFA). Josefin Arnell holds an MA from Dirty Art department at Sandberg Instituut (2014) and participated in the two-year international residency program at Rijks Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2015/16).