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How Pure is the Journey? continues Byrne’s cinematic work focusing on the different parts and functions of the ritual. In this film, the transformative act of the ritual is a short closing sequence, instead it is all the preparations leading up to this act that we witness. Two women perform a chain of actions; first, flowers, plants and vegetation are picked. These are then used to dye pieces of fabric. Further on the pieces of fabric are put together and sewn by hand into a larger piece of fabric. A ritual object has been created.
But where does one draw the line for when the ritual begins or ends?
Nadine Byrne (*1985, SE) is an artist and composer whose
interdisciplinary artistic practice spans across sound, sculpture, performance and video. Her work explores themes of memory, grief and loss as well as the inherent language and history to be found in materials and gestures. Byrnes practice is also informed by a fascination for visual and social manifestations of alternative constructions of reality.
In her cinematic work she incorporates the idea of the gesamtkunstwerk, Byrne creating the costume, set design, choreography as well as the soundtrack and often letting them spill out from the video work and into a spatial installation, sometimes further activated by performance.
Byrne lives and work in Stockholm and received her MA from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. She has exhibited and performed internationally, most recently at places such as Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, and CPR2, NYC.