“EXPERIMENT” by NATHALIE DJURBERG, Swedish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
Review by Helen Nisbet.
Back at the Giardini Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg’s ‘Experiment’ was supposed to be a “surrealist garden of Eden where all that is natural goes awry” and I loved every moment of it, finding it less sorrowful than the two films. Great, gruesome and wonderful flowers bled wax onto the ground. Films showed plasticine women being mutilated and taken apart by fearsome plasticine men – her breast is removed and is used to feed her milk – just as her body becomes totally mutilated a volcano erupts and she ends up saving her attacker from the lava which has taken his legs away. Away from these disturbing films the flowers are beautiful and Tim Burtonesque and we have a lot of fun photographing ourselves with them.