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9 1/2 minutes
BY
Jannicke Låker

9 1/2 minutes is a video letter from a Norwegian woman to her husband abroad. He works as a relief worker in for example Africa. The video starts with idyllic scenes from the Nordic landscape and continues at home by the dinner table laid for two. The woman has received a letter from her husband where he mentions a dark girl. The letter will be the subject during the dinner. After some glasses of wine the situation starts to change and the woman gets aggressive and paranoid, and it ends in racialist outburst.

English title 9 1/2 minutes
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format
Duration 00:09:30
Language Norwegian
Color Color
Year 2000
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About the artist

Jannicke Låker

Jannicke Låker (born in Norway) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Jannicke Låker is one of the very few Norwegian artists who have consistently worked with video and developed the media into a powerful tool, using low-tech video language as a starting point.

Artist statement: In my works I often use, together with humor, heavy subject matters as racism, sexual violation, power games between people etc, but common for all my videos is the intention to reveal the human behind the actions, often something intimate, private or banal -that’s the motive power behind the work. But as well as exposing the actors I also expose the director and her motive behind, and the actions in, the work. The videos is based on simple scripts with an exact physical setting that builds the frames which allows me to improvise during the production.

‘It is in the videos in which the artist herself is directly involved, either in front or behind the camera, that the expression is most powerful. Here, Låker shows a devil-may-care attitude, which has made her one of the most interesting and exciting Norwegian video artists’.

/Jan Kokkin, Excerpt from: Feministisk videovold, in: Jannicke Låker: Videoarbeider 1997-2003, Morgenbladet 2003.

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