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Magdalena Ljung

Magdalena Dziurlikowska works as an artist and as an art critic. She loves images and has an urge to write. There is such a sharpness and clarity when working with text. Of course there are negative sides as well, incomprehensible catalogue texts, unappreciative editors and a bad conscience because she writes about someone else’s art instead of working on her own. These are the things she wants to tell, but people ask her about how it is to be an artist and art critic, they ask if she is not reviewing her friends and why critics aren’t more critical. The film is produced in collaboration with Niklas Rydén.

English title Criticism
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:09:05
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2009
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About the artist

Magdalena Ljung

Magdalena Ljung, f.d. Dziurlikowska (b. 1975 in Warsaw) lives and works in Stockholm. She received her MA from Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts and works predominately with video.

Magdalena Ljung’s video works linger on the crossroads between documentary and fiction. Her themes originate from her own life, she plays herself and interpret existential questions, hardships and adventures. The starting point is the self-experienced and the script is based upon such, while the imagery is symbolic and associative. Everyday life, surrealism, humour and feminism become a narrative which encompasses a personal story and the wider contemporary sphere.

Magdalena Ljung’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums such as Eskilstuna konstmuseum, Kulturhuset and Liljevalchs konsthall, and at film festivals, such as Tempo Documentary Festival, Uppsala and Oberhausen international short film festivals. Ljung is also an art critic for the daily press and a guest teacher at art schools.