Rupture (2020)

Productionstill, Rupture. Photo: Umeed Mistry.

Rupture looks at interpersonal relations and power structures from an anthropomorphic perspective.  The project offers another perspective on utopian forms of co-existence. Partly inspired by the narrative structure of nature films, the project combines documentary and fictive material, and explores the boundaries between fiction and documentary.

Productionstill, Rupture. Photo Helge Olsén
Productionstill, Rupture. Photo Helge Olsén

In the video  Rupture, we initially follow the artist, She  invited her mother into the forest in order to communicate with a buck in heat who is searching for a partner. The context is her childhood and the herd-like structure she was raised in as one of numerous children in a large collective in northern Norway, led by a patriarchal father figure. Further on, we encounter the ruins of a collapsed society on a now-abandoned island in the Indian Ocean. The island Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Dweep is a former British outpost. The British utilized the island as an administrative hub for surrounding penal colonies during the 1800s. The island featured grand villas, tennis courts, and open-air dance pavilions. Since Indian independence in 1947, the island has basically been abandoned and nature and wildlife are in the process of reclaiming it. In the early 1900s, British officers transported deer to the island in order to provide for their own recreational hunting. There, the deer had no natural enemies, and their population increased exponentially. Of the collapsed colonial society now exists only ruins of buildings built by prison labor, surrounded by heavy root work. Visits to the island are strictly regulated: filming is prohibited and all visitors must leave the island by dusk. Rupture aims to allude to the notion that true structural change requires destruction and chaos before new relations and patterns can develop. Some elements of the project was presented at Färgfabriken, Stockholm, during the summer of 2018. The final version of the work is currently presented at The solo show Trofé at Ystad Konstmuseum in Sweden.

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