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The question of the function and meaning of images and the language with which history is written would seem to be the most fundamental characteristic of Lene Berg’s investigative art. With The Weimar Conspiracy, a video project that was developed and realised during the 12th ISP, Lene Berg plays with varied historical, narrative, and tourism conceptions, investigating the way in which our cultural memory functions, its structure, and the way in which it develops. Before the backdrop of Weimar, city of tourism, with its plethora of monuments and memorial plaques, she asks herself to what extent the tried and true forms of remembrance actually serve their function when the observer does not understand them. Is the communication concept of the “memorial” really successful in such conditions, when the only thing that is left is a certain pride in a cultural heritage, a heritage that is communicated through the crude symbolism of the number and size of its monuments?
Lene Berg, born 1965, is a Norwegian film director and visual artist based in Berlin and Oslo. Her main media is film and moving image, but her artistic praxis also includes installation, collage, photography, and text; and she has produced a number of projects in public space. She studied film at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and has directed four independently produced feature films as well as a number of short films and mixed-media artworks and installations for galleries, museums, and public spaces. Berg’s autobiographical film False Belief premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019 and was nominated for the Amnesty and Teddy Award. She represented Norway in the 55th Venice Biennale with the film Dirty Young Loose (2013). In 2022 she did the Festival Exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, which is considered the most important solo presentation of a Norwegian artist in the country. In 2023 she published her first novel, Fra far/From father at Kolon.
Berg’s work has been shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter; Konsthall C, Stockholm; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Art in General, New York. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions and biennales such as Manifesta; the Biennale of Sydney; the Taipei Biennial; Contour Mechelen and Transmediale Berlin.