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Nathalie Djurberg

Putting down the prey 2008

Nathalie Djurberg | Putting down the prey (detail) 2008 | Digital video transferred to digital Betacam, clay animation, 4:3, colour, stereo, 5:40mins | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

b.1978 Sweden
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Nathalie Djurberg uses plasticine and domestic materials to craft stop-frame animations highly regarded for both their complexity and intensity. Since the late 1990s Djurberg has explored fantasy, dreams and sexuality through her short animated works, which include compelling soundtracks composed by her partner, Hans Berg, and which can challenge the viewer through their emotional and psychological impact.

Putting down the prey 2008 depicts the relationship between a female hunter in the Arctic Circle and her walrus prey. After disembowelling the beast, she slips into its blubbery hide and dives into the icy waters, decentring the hunter's perspective in favour of an embodied experience the prey. The myth of the 'Silkie' in both Icelandic and Celtic folklore refers to shape-shifting seals, believed to become human by shedding their skins. Here, Djurberg appears to be exploring an inversion of the myth.

Exhibitions (solo): Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy, 2009; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany, 2008; Brown Gallery, London, England, 2007; Färgfabriken Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006; Zach Feuer Gallery, New York City, United States, 2006. Exhibitions (group): Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2010; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2010;  Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands, 2009; Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009; L-Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2008.