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Act on Instinct
BY
Elin Magnusson

Through pine groves and oat fields, amongst elk and woodland lakes – a deer is passing by with three small fawns on a leash. She has recently become a mother and is trying to adjust to her new role. She is nature, this is her land but still she can’t shake the feeling of a slowly growing panic and the emptiness of being an outsider. Meanwhile, in a parallel world, we hear her thoughts about family norms, breeding and fear. In this white room she claims her right to be heard which was not possible in the woods – a space where she is allowed to ask questions.

What do you do when the fear of never being left alone is stronger than the fear of being left behind? What is the punishment for not loving your child? What happens if the biological clock never starts ticking and tells you that it’s time? Will I end up alone?

The deer is my mirror image and in a costume made of synthetic fur, I ask where the longing for a child comes from, if it’s natural and why it has not come to me.

Keywords Video Art, Animal, Installation
Aspect ratio 16:9
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:16:16
Color Color
Year 2012
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About the artist

Elin Magnusson

Elin Magnusson – Born 1982 in Norrköping, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm. She graduated in Fine Arts at Konstfack College of Art, Crafts and Design in 2010. Magnusson is a conceptual video and performance artist and film director. Her work moves in the borderland where culture clashes into nature and norms are questioned. Feminism, sexuality, and adaptation are recurring topics in her work. She is one of the directors behind the feminist porn film project Dirty Diaries.

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