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My Love Has Got a Gun
Charlotte Åberg

In the installation My love has got a gun, a man and a woman are portrayed, both dressed in gold. Their meeting is shown on three screens and describes a course of events similar to a struggle between the two. In the first sequence, the man tries to seduce the woman with his male attribute, which in the film is a golden gun. The man does not show his face, but remains an idea of the masculine – a harsh and abstract surface composed of a pair of trousers and a gun.

The pictures in the film resemble a fashion report in a magazine, where the golden suits and the bodies dissolve in a strong, gold shimmering, light. This beautiful scenario stands in a sharp contrast to the man’s threatening approaches. The woman dominates the second sequence, and she knocks down the man. It shows that his body is unreal and only made of plastic. The fear she used to feel transmits into surprise and later apathy. The film describes a situation when the image of the other overtakes oneself, but also the existing fear and obstacles used to get close to the person behind the mask, and the stereotypical roles as a man or a woman. In the pictorial language there are references to the Hollywood pictures from the 1960’s, and in particular the James Bond movies dry, and to some extent surreal, look upon reality.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format
Duration 00:02:02
Color Color
Year 1998
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About the artist

Charlotte Åberg

Born in 1966 in Stenungsund. Currently based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Charlotte Åberg is a video artist educated at the art academy in Umeå, Sweden 1990-1995. The images in Charlotte Åberg’s films are inspired by commercials from tv-shop, fashion magazines and Hollywood productions. Charlotte Åberg is interested in how media and junk culture influence a greater and greater part of society, and how their ideals affect the individual. The representation of romanticized love is a constantly recurring thread in the video works. Clichés and beauty adoration in a narcissistic culture are reflected in several video performances.

Charlotte Åberg has worked with social structure and hierarchy in schools and places of work. The exhibition ‘The Dream Garden’ with Lott Alfreds, has been an examination of the employees’ dreams at an eldercare. During the years 2003-2006, Charlotte Åberg worked in a broader field of art, with the projects vårbygå and SkiSS. She has also exhibited at Polyphonix, Videoprogram, Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris, October 2002. In 1999 she was an holder of the IASPIS-scholarship in Stockholm.

Recent projects include Drömsällskapet at Norrtälje Konsthall 2019 and Illuminated dreams, Alexandria 2017.