MARKUS ÖHRN presenting BERGMAN IN UGANDA
WHEN // WHERE // DURATION // LANGUAGE
Thursday 25 – 17.00 and Saturday 27 – 15.00 // The Reykjavik Art Museum, Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, 101 RVK. // 90 mins // Luganda with English subtitles
Tickets for this show can be bought via www.tix.is for 3000 ISK or at the reduced price of 2500 ISK for the unemployed, students, artists and pensioners. This show is also included in the five show festival pass – more info at www.tix.is.
ABOUT THE WORK
The slums of Kampala - Uganda’s capital - are home to a unique tradition of live film translation. Local video jockeys translate dialogue and explain the plot as well as various aspects of Western behaviour and lifestyle. Swedish artist Markus Öhrn organised a special screening of Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Persona (1966) in Kampala and documented the event on film. The VJs commentaries resemble an anthropological exploration, deconstructing and reinterpreting white, bourgoise art with great irony.
In Luganda with English Subtitles
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Markus Öhrn, born in Sweden in 1972 and currently based in Berlin, is a visual artist who works with video and performance. In his video installations, he often works with existing material, such as in the 49-hour long film Magic Bullet that is a chronological montage of all the archived film scenes cut by Swedish film censors from 1911 to 2011. In his performances with the theatre groups Nya Rampen and Institutet, Markus Öhrn starkly explores the mechanisms of repression in a middle-class family. He was invited to Avignon in 2012 with his first production Conte d’Amour, an exploration of the dark side of love based on the Fritzl case in Austria, which later won the award for the best fringe theatre production in Berlin. That was the first part of a trilogy, followed by the performances We Love Africa and Africa Loves Us (2012) about post-colonial fantasies of omnipotence and European family structures, and Bis zum Tod (2014), a 'black metal opera'. Following Öhrn's reflections on the new colonialism in Africa of the video installation White Ants, Black Ants (2010), Live Arts Week presents Bergman in Uganda (2014) filmed in the slums of Uganda’s capital. His new work Azdora will premiere in Santarcangelo dei Teatri festival 2015. The works of Markus Öhrn has been presented both in Sweden and internationally in places like Museum of Modern Art Stockholm, Volksbühne and Arsenal in Berlin, and festivals like Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Theater Treffen Berlin, Wiener Festwochen, Festival d'Avignon, Festival Transamerique, Montreal and Theater Der Welt, Mannheim.