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Katja Bjørn

Relief 2013

Double-channel video installation, 17 min with sound.

Relief is a video installation in two channels engaging basic existential paradoxes, and subverting their Sisyphos-like circularity with the possibility of change through a renewal of perspective. Two groups of naked bodies, one of women, the other of men, are engaged in a laborious journey through rough landscapes; the first dragging a heavy oil drum, the other cutting their feet on sharp rocks. A shift suddenly occurs and the groups realise their freedom from their self-imposed bondage. Katja Bjørn depicts how, despite the heavy weight of existence, the beauty of life is always there, in the imperceptible details that dance playfully on the edge of our senses.