Featured Long Durational Work
Du fick svart (2013), Anna Berndtson
Duration: Seven hours
Photographs by Hannah Levy
For this performance, the artist sits on a chair dressed in an office suit. In front of her is a table with a chessboard, which stands against a pane of glass. The pieces on both sides of the chessboard are white. On the other side of the glass plane is another chair. Members of the public are invited to sit in the chair.
“Du fick svart” ("You have black") is what the Knight says to Death as they are choosing which color to play. Death’s reply is, "It's the most appropriate, isn’t it?" On the board, there are no black pieces.
This performance piece is based on Ingmar Bergman’s film “The Seventh Seal” (1957). Although "The Seventh Seal" was not filmed on the island of Fårö, where Anna Berndtson performed "Du Fick Svart," Bergman lived on Fårö and filmed many of his other films there.