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 MAGA ESBERG

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Extended Family comprises of 5 separate pieces:

 

’Day for Night’- video projection inspired by Bernard Palissy’s attempts to find the formula for porcelain and François Truffaut’s 'La Nuit americaine’. Day for night is a filming technique to shot night scenes in daylight. In Truffaut’s 1973 movie, life and fiction are layered, mixed and embedded and the faux night reflects my experience of family.

 

‘Kintsugi’- a living meadow. As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

 

'People are more fragile than things’- porcelain sculptures influenced by Bruce Chadwin’s ‘Utz, a childhood memory and Judy Chicago’s ‘The Dinner Party’.

 

'Barbe Bleu’- colour photographs. In Charles Perrault’s ‘Bluebeard', a new bride discovers the dead bodies of her predecessors in a locked room. This piece is inspired by my mother and my three step-mothers and makes allusion to Margaret Atwood’s ‘The handmaid tale’ in which women are callously used.

 

‘Laboureur’- photographic print. ‘I watched the collection of soaps grow looking at the pastel colours, the different shapes, noted the smells and wondered at the complexity of the world’.

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‘Extended family’ is an installation articulated around real events and the fictions I read and heard from my childhood onwards. The piece looks at the impact of patriarchy from a personal angle. As a child and teenager, I struggled with the nature of family and found ways of escaping in stories.  As an adult daughter, I moved away but remained bound by emotional ties.

 

This piece was developed following the death of my parents, looking for closure. I have put together characters, materials, and ideas from writers, film-makers, and artists to materialize the blurred boundary between fiction and 'reality' and express the scope of human experience.