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No time to fall
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Maria Friberg

This video piece is my most direct political commentary so far. It is also the first time I work with images of a public figure, the President of the United States. The resulting work tells a story which simultaneously deals with public and private matters. The video was produced soon after Mr. Bush won the presidential election, well in advance of the events of September 11th. The first public viewing of the piece, however, took place in a show at Team Gallery that opened on September 7th in New York City. It was a very intense situation, and the response from audiences in different locations continues to vary with time.


Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:02:02
Language English & No dialogue
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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