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Katunayake Free Trade Zone, music by the Women's Centre
Jesper Nordahl

The video is recorded at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone in Sri Lanka. Katunayake is the first free trade zone in Sri Lanka and was part of the structural adjustment policies introduced by the World Bank and the IMF in Sri Lanka in 1978. The video footage of the factory area is accompanied by music by the Women’s Centre singing group – with women workers from the FTZ – whose songs address the working conditiions in the zone. The video is part of a series of works on the free trade zones and the Kotmale project, a hydro power plant in Sri Lanka.

Keywords Music, Power, Feminism
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:15:30
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2006
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About the artist

Jesper Nordahl

Jesper Nordahl (born 1969) lives and works in Stockholm.

Through video and various media his work address social and political issues where gender and knowledge production are central. Nordahls work has been shown internationally, including exhibitions at Shedhalle, Zurich; Index, Stockholm; Artists Space, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo; GIBCA, Gothenburg; Galerija Umjetnina, Split. Nordahl graduated from The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2000 and participated in the Whitney ISP in New York in 2006-07.