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Opening: Friday, 18 April 2008, 6 pm
The Prada Foundation is pleased to announce its next exhibition, dedicated to the Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg (Lysekil, Sweden, 1978), to be held at the Prada Foundation at Via Fogazzaro 36, Milan, from April 19th until 1st June 2008.
The project, which has been specifically designed for the exhibiting space of Fondazione Prada, consists of models that remind of parts of human body and hint at universal symbols. These models become pavilions inside which the videos of the renowned Swedish artist are projected representing visceral compelling desires and possessive sexual thoughts.
Djurberg’s videos are short animations made using Stop Motion techniques where small plasticine figures create surreal atmospheres and, often, grotesque stories. The staging of these stories is rudimentary but ingenious, infusing an ambiguous sense of anxiety and unease through their sexual reflections, with references to violence, the macabre, gruesome, and subtle pleasure of cruelty and perversion.
Djurberg’s works are characterised by an obsessive rhythm, permeated by a taste for the ironic and the humorous, conveying a sense of anxiety and nostalgia, along with unease and sometimes even profound anguish. It’s a sensation that is re-enforced throughout all her work by accompanying music, composed by the Swedish composer, Hans Berg.
Nathalie Djurberg lives and works in Berlin; she is one of the leading new generation Swedish artists, strongly active on the international scene. She has participated to the last edition of Performa in New York ( 2007); she has presented solo shows at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna (2007) and at Färgfabriken in Stockholm (2006); her videos have been shown at Tate Britain in London (2007), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York (2006) and at the 4th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Berlin (2006)
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book written by Germano Celant and published by Progetto Prada Arte.
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