The relation between the snake and the yogi seems somewhat erotic as well…?
Hans Berg: Part of the erotic aspect comes from the puppets being naked, I think, but that’s also because they should not be placed in a specific context. When they are dressed, you put them in a specific situation, depending on what clothe you put on them.
Nathalie Djurberg : …or hierarchy in the society. You can decide all that with clothe, so when you choose to leave someone naked it becomes about the person more than about the position in society. I think it’s pretty interesting to work with, because it’s such a simple thing: you judge people from their clothe and hairdo, but if everybody was naked it would be difficult to tell, who’s poor and rich.
What Djurberg says about what clothes makes us is soo true. I find her work inspiring. I can’t imagine how long it must take to complete one video. There’s so much detail in her work. I saw her exhibition at the Rubell last year and found myself so intrigued with all her films that I just stood there waiting to see what happened next. That’s when you know it’s good!
She”ll be showing soon at the New Museum, here’s a link: http://www.dnainfo.com/20120201/lower-east-side-east-village/new-museum-announces-spring-exhibits