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The Gallery Worker
Marie Karlberg

The Gallery Worker is a satirical depiction of the economic system of the commercial gallery with its unspoken rules and peculiar language. As the title suggests, the protagonist of the drama is the bored and at the same time cunning gallery assistant Pati, brilliantly played by the choreographer and artist Casper-Malte Augusta. We follow Pati all the way as she navigates her way through a steady stream of visitors while parrying the gallerist’s sudden emotional outbursts. In one scene the artist Karl Holmquist makes his entrance as an anxious German art collector and in another we glimpse the musician Steven Warwick as an over-analytical critic for Artforum, seeking answers from the young gallery assistant. The clear characters are underpinned by Marie Karlberg’s own experience of being thrown into the New York art market as a gallery worker herself. Here they have been developed together with Karlberg’s friends and acquaintances who can be seen in the roles in the gallery.

Keywords Experimental, Drama, Satire, Self-portrait
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:30:57
Language English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2019
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About the artist

Marie Karlberg

Marie Karlberg (b.1985 in Stockholm, Sweden) is an artist based in New York, US. Karlberg has shown work at Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York; Tramps, New York; Bonny Poon, Paris; Plymouth Rock, Zurich; Tramps, London and Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, New York. She has staged performances at Elevation1049, Gstaad; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz and Artists Space, New York. Karlberg has participated in group shows and ensemble performances at various galleries and institutions such as The 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; the Goethe Institute, New York; Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin; Whitney Museum of Art, New York and MoMA, New York, US. Karlberg’s work is included in the following public collections the Schaulager Foundation, Münchenstein; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris,; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.