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Ellen Key
Catti Brandelius

In the video ‘Ellen Key’ Catti Brandelius compares her life as a mother in the suburb with the life of Ellen Key, well-known Swedish writer, educator, and feminist thinker who lived 1849 to 1926. Her books were translated into many european languages, and her ideas were widely discussed. Key had a liberal outlook and she fought for freedome of speech and the rights of the individual. She had her home, ‘Strand’ built to embody her ideals of beauty, which she felt was neglected in the modern industrial society of the turn of the century. She liked to pose for pictures with her St. Bernard dog.

Keywords Feminism, Music, Body
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:04:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2001
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About the artist

Catti Brandelius

Born in 1971 in Gävle, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm.

Catti Brandelius is an artist and musician. She is educated at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) 1997-2000, and at The Royal Art Academy (Kungliga Konsthögskolan) 2007-09 – both in Stockholm. At the Royal Art Academy she was a specialstudent for then rector Marie-Louise Ekman and a student at the graphic department. Photography was her first medium, but she now uses various expressions such as drawing, video, pop music, silkscreen, poetry and tap dance. She was a member of the popband Doktor Kosmos 1991-2001 under the alias Miss Universum. Over the years Brandelius has used several aliases like Profesora, Evert Taube and Elitakrobaten. She uses stereotypes and builds up new personas, which in themselves are stereotypes, but tries to compromise and change these in order to get both herself and others to see the world from new perspectives.

Brandelius performs her work at various venues, from galleries, museums, libraries to theaters, music festivals and on the radio. In her latest film Brandelius takes on the western contemporary training hysteria and competitive fitness obsession from a feminist working class point of view.