Last summer, she exhibited at the New Museum’s group show Younger Than Jesus and participated in the Venice Biennale. Cytter says:
I studied art because I wanted to go to New York and wash dishes.
Moderna Museet’s exhibition of Keren Cytter, her first in a Nordic art institution, opens on 8 May. A selection of the artist’s best films and several drawings will be featured, including a new suite made especially for the exhibition, along with text-based works.
Keren Cytter’s topics often include love stories, violence, sex and murder. She applies a non-linear narrative, the stories often shot with a hand-held camera. The actors – amateurs and friends of the artist, but more recently professional actors – switch roles with each other, or read their stage directions out loud. Scenes are repeated, but with a different course of events, with voiceovers or alternative dialogues. The films are usually set in simply-furnished apartments, especially the kitchen regions, suggesting a connection to kitchen sink realism. The literary tone of the dialogue, however, is far from realistic, writes Magnus af Petersens in the catalogue, adding:
“Instead the films are deliberate hybrids between seemingly incompatible genres, between home videos and auteur films in the spirit of the French nouvelle vague, between Dogme and docu-soap or sitcom. But her films are above all existential dramas about the human condition, about love and hate in our thoroughly medialised age.”
Curator: Magnus af Petersens
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