The Venice Questionnaire #30: Lene Berg
What can you tell us about your plans for Venice?
I am making a new film, Dirty Young Loose (Ung Løs Gris), we are editing it now.
Are you approaching the show in a different way to how you would with a ‘normal’ exhibition?
As Dirty Young Loose was already planned before the invitation to show in Venice, it doesn't influence the work much except that I have to finish it 4 months earlier than scheduled. But of course, Venice is a special city and the Venice Biennial is a special event and therefore there are some extra logistical challenges involved. Then again, I usually work differently from project to project and I don't think I ever made a ‘normal’ exhibition.
What does it mean to ‘represent’ your country? Do you find it an honour or problematic?
I don't really feel I am specifically representing Norway, primarily because I participate in an exhibition that also includes unknown works of Edvard Munch. Beware of the Holy Whore, the exhibition’s title, is inspired by a Fassbinder movie. My film is funded in Norway but shot in Berlin and has German dialogue with English subtitles. I would definitely find it problematic if there was even a hint of nationalism in the concept. On the other hand: if what I do is allowed to be part of the image of what Norway is about, I have no problem with it.
Lene Ber, Ung Løs Gris / Dirty Young Lose (Waiting for the actors, Funkhaus Berlin Feb. 20, 2013) 2013, production still. Courtesy the artist.