Nathalie Djurberg: I found myself alone
24 June - 22 July 2011
A single video is on view in this exhibition, introducing the art of Nathalie Djurberg, who was born in Sweden and lives in Berlin. It is a subtle and disturbing narrative, a twisted fairytale like most of her other works, although this piece avoids her usual transgression into more sexually suggestive territory.
The piece runs nearly ten minutes, featuring the artist's laborious technique of stop-motion animation created with Plasticine. Lumpen and hastily manipulated modeling clay is made to evoke human tears, cake frosting, chocolate, even excrement, as a black ballerina pirouettes and dances through a tempting landscape of sweets, eventually getting into a lot of trouble all on her own. The musical score was created by Hans Berg, who is a techno-electronica music composer and also is Djurberg's boyfriend. Djurberg is an internationally acclaimed artist, born in 1978, who won last year's Cairo Biennale Prize and the Promising Young Artist award at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Work in the exhibition:
I found myself alone, 2008
Clay animation, digital video
9:45, edition of 4
Music by Hans Berg
Courtesy Zach Feuer Gallery, New York