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Sisters Are Doin’ It
Magdalena Ljung

The video begins with a fight where brushes and paint are used, which turns into a collaboration to apply paint. The blood in commercials for sanitary towels is blue. Yves Klein painted blue women and now, when he does not exist we keep on doing it ourselves. We uphold old power structures and we enjoy it! The music is Annie Lennox’s song ‘Sisters are doin’ it for themselves’ on 78% of the original speed. The music is punctured with laughter and screams. The low speed of the music suggests that the feminist project is coming along slowly, while we paint eachother quickly.

Keywords Feminism, Music
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:06:34
Language English & No dialogue & Swedish
Color Color
Year 2004
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About the artist

Magdalena Ljung

Magdalena Ljung, f.d. Dziurlikowska (b. 1975 in Warsaw) lives and works in Stockholm. She received her MA from Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts and works predominately with video.

Magdalena Ljung’s video works linger on the crossroads between documentary and fiction. Her themes originate from her own life, she plays herself and interpret existential questions, hardships and adventures. The starting point is the self-experienced and the script is based upon such, while the imagery is symbolic and associative. Everyday life, surrealism, humour and feminism become a narrative which encompasses a personal story and the wider contemporary sphere.

Magdalena Ljung’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums such as Eskilstuna konstmuseum, Kulturhuset and Liljevalchs konsthall, and at film festivals, such as Tempo Documentary Festival, Uppsala and Oberhausen international short film festivals. Ljung is also an art critic for the daily press and a guest teacher at art schools.