Since 2001, Swedish-born artist Nathalie Djurberg (born 1978) has honed a distinctive style of video animation. Set to music and sound effects by her collaborator Hans Berg, Djurberg's handcrafted cinematic tales explore revenge, lust, submission, gluttony and other primal emotions through the conventionally innocent technique of “Claymation,” which in her hands becomes a medium for nightmarish yet wry allegories of human behavior and social taboo. Increasingly, Djurberg's practice has blurred the cinematic and the sculptural in environments that integrate moving images and related set pieces. This publication accompanies the artist's largest presentation in an American museum to date. The catalogue weaves documentation of her sculptures and stills from her recent films with texts (both original and found) that trace the historical, scientific and literary threads running through her practice.
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