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Katja Bjørn

Hibernating Mermaid 2010

Video, 8 min, with sound. 

In folk tales the mermaid is a woman filled with undelivered longings and dreams, a character spending its life waiting and searching for rest and happiness. At the same time the mermaid is a symbol of libidos, a sailor’s longing and a luring creature causing death. Building on these mythologies, Hibernating Mermaid presents the body of a naked woman floating in dark green water, suspended between life and death, waiting.