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Dream mile
BY
Maria Friberg

In ‘Dream mile’, a video from 2002, the artist researches male performance. The camera follows a young man on a jogging tour along the Hudson River in New York City. But he is not only jogging – he is also loudly singing an aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The young opera singer gives the impression that jogging and singing is joyful and easily combined. He is trying to make it look effortless. Again a myth of power: In a powerful man’s world, everything is supposed to look very easy and natural – no matter how large the effort.

Even if Maria Friberg concentrates mainly on the subject of men in her art, it is also a research dealing with her own identity as a woman. Why do we – both men and women – behave the way we do? Which social codes and conventions lie behind our behavior and shape the way we interact? In our times of constant change, in contemporary art, questions of identity-construction are highly discussed issues. 

Keywords Music, Body, Feminism
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:08:42
Language Italian
Color Color
Year 2001
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About the artist

Maria Friberg

Born in 1966 in Malmö, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm.

Maria Fribergs’ education includes the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Myndlista- og Handidaskoli, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland, among others. Previous exhibitions include Résistance, The silent voice, Bendana-Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, Commoncause, Nationalmuseum at Kulturhuset, Project Container, Stockholm, Time Trace at LMNO, Brussels, Belgium, Goals and Dreams at Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, and Vaksam at Bror Hjorts Hus, Uppsala, among many others.

“Most of my work revolves about themes of power, masculinity and man’s relationship to nature. In my images, I create ambiguous tableaus that challenge preconceived notions about identity, gender, and social hierarchies. My most recent pieces look both outwards, to the challenges in contemporary society, and inwards, to a meditative state of mind. In these photographs and videos, the isolation and solitude of the individuals reflect issues in society at large. The men in my images are signs for men, trying to find their place in times of turmoil.”

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