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Flamenco in Taipei
Marit Lindberg

Lian is a young woman who lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She dances flamenco and dreams about Spain. To her, Spain is the place of freedom, the place were she can be ‘herself’. I met Lian in Taipei and travelled with her to Mazu, a little island close to the cost of mainland China. She danced, we talked, I filmed. The video is about an unusually strong woman who manages to visualize her dreams, despite a hard everyday life and the expectations from the society on how a woman is supposed to make her choices. What interested me, as a European, is the aspect of exoticism and romanticism towards such other cultures an how it works both ways. What is exotic? Who is exotizing whom?

Keywords Dance
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:06:40
Language English
Color Color
Year 2003
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About the artist

Marit Lindberg

Born in Stockholm 1961, lives and works in Malmö. Marit Lindberg primarily works with video and performance, creating and exploring social situations, often linked to a place or a historical / political event.

The starting point can be a situation that develops into a story in which place, personal memories, oblivion, the collective or intimate secrets create their own logic. What is not supposed to be shown in public is displayed. Intimate conversations can be amplified and secret ailments shouted out over a square. In one film the story is cut out and only the intermediate shots where the director directs his actor remain. The works are intensely present through the voices of the participants at the same time as they can be seen as comments on major political and social events.
Marit Lindberg’s films and performances have been shown in various locations in Sweden and internationally, including Malmö konsthall, Malmö, Uppsala Short Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Museum of Modern Art, MAC Usp, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Paco das Artes, SP, Brazil, Achtung Berlin, Berlin, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm Fest, Germany, Kiosk, Athens, Greece, Ititnary performancefestival, NY 2012-2017, Marit Lindberg worked with the artist group Carousell, a video research project that was shown at the Konstnärshuset in Stockholm (2017). Lindberg’s works are represented at, among others, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Malmö Art Museums, Malmö.