© Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg/VG BILD-KUNST Bonn

Family Heart

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

  • Year 2007
  • Edition Edition 3/4 (+ 2 a.p.)
  • Material/Technique Single-channel video (color, sound)
  • Dimensions Variable
  • Length 2' 39''
  • Category Media art
  • Collection Sammlung Goetz, Media art, Munich

In her film Family Heart, Nathalie Djurberg explores the state of being caught between excessive demands and doting affection. The protagonist is an exhausted mother who sits in a red armchair situated in a claustrophobic room. Her naked body appears limp, unkempt and emaciated from childbirth. Two disheveled, scrawny and neglected-looking children frolic like kittens around her, vying for their mother’s affection and seeking her caresses, while constantly testing her boundaries. Family Heart is one of Nathalie Djurberg’s early short claymation films, which she later supplemented with music by Hans Berg.

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