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Black Beauty
BY
Camilla Bergqvist

Spleen is an expression describing melancholy and loathing for life within the romantic literature of the 1800. Baudelaire (1821-1867) embellished death and evil in his writing. In the poem ‘The corps’ Baudelaire describes a decaying body as if he was portraying a beautiful woman – absurd, abstract and ambivalent. The poem ‘The corps’ and romantic literature in general reflects the melancholic mood of it’s time. I think that our time has the same kind of spleen about it. Black Beauty can be interpreted as a visual Baudelaire poem, flirting with the horror- and ghost genre. An unexplainable massacre takes place in beautiful and decadent surroundings. The spine-chilling but simultaneously seductive narrative leaves us no testimony of what has really happened.

English title Black Beauty
Keywords Animation
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:07:00
Color Color
Year 2003
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About the artist

Camilla Bergqvist

Born in 1971, lives and works in Stockholm.

Camilla Johanna Berqgvist is an artist and graphic designer known for her experimentation with video and animation besides working as a graphic designer and art director. She holds an MFA from Konstfack, Stockholm and has studied graphic design at Berghs, Stockholm and editing at Jönköpings universitet. Shortly after finishing her master’s degree, Camilla started the gallery AK28 that she ran togheter with friends and colleagues from Konstfack and KTH until 2007.

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