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Implant
BY
Åsa Elzén

The video shows how an artificial ‘kernel’ made of bone is implanted inside the body of a pearl oyster. To protect itself, the oyster will create layers after layers of mother of pearl to cover the intruding object. If the oyster survives this violent operation, many years later the ‘kernel’ will be taken out as an authentic pearl.

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:04:00
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2002
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About the artist

Åsa Elzén

Born in 1972 in Visby, Sweden. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Åsa Elzén has studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, BA 1996, and at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, MA 2002. She has been an artist-in-residence at Changdong Art Studios, Seoul, Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts, Jerusalem, IASPIS, Stockholm and Sanskriti Kendra, New Dehli, among others. She works with video, sculpture, photography and installation and has shown work at Exit Art, New York, Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, ak28, Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Rooseum, Malmö, and Gwangju Biennale 2004.

She is interested in subjects such as feminism, globalism, tourism, notions of beauty and love.

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