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Sorgearbete, which translates to Work of Mourning, explores the notion of grief and mourning through documentary interviews interlocking with ritualistic visual interpretations. Both of the approaches feature a group of women artists, initiated by and also including the artist Nadine Byrne, who share the experience of losing and grieving their mothers. Sorgearbete (Work of Mourning) navigates questions of grief in relation to the body, creativity and memory, balancing in its narrative between intimacy and abstraction.
The film Sorgearbete is part of a larger body of work that also includes sculptural elements. The installation was shown in its entirety for the first time during the fall of 2020 in the exhibition Sorgearbete at Bonniers Konsthall i Stockholm.
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.