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Beautiful People #1
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Jannicke Låker

Beautiful People #1 shows a businessman talking to a ‘pal’ in a hotel lobby. He is explaining that women from ‘down there’ are wearing burka because they are so fucking ugly. In his eager, to explain, what is actually going on under the ‘disguise’ the man’s mind drifts out in sexual fantasies and wishes. It is prejudice but it’s also about the attraction towards the mystery (darkness) of the unknown – this world that is a complete secrecy for him.

English title Beautiful People #1
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format
Duration 00:05:00
Language Norwegian
Color Color
Year 2002
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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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