Featured Long Durational Work

Du fick svart (2013), Anna Berndtson

Duration: Seven hours

Text by Anna Berndtson and Siena Oristaglio
Photographs by Hannah Levy

Photograph 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. 

Photograph by Hannah Levy

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Anna Berndtson is a Swedish performance artist working foremost with long durational live performance. The foundation of her practice is the presence of both the artist and the public. Her body and her own perception are placed in the center of the work and the reduction of the visual image is fundamental in her performances, videos and photographs. She graduated from Dartington College of Arts, UK in 1999 and in 2001 joined the performance class of Marina Abramovic at the HBK Braunschweig, Germany. She graduated with a Diplom in Fine Arts from the HBK in 2005. She has performed and exhibited work extensively including; Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, The LAB Gallery, Dublin, Artists Space, New York, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, PS1 MoMA, New York, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and VV2 at the Venice Biennale. In 2006 Anna Berndtson was awarded the Worpswede Künstlerhäuser artist-in-residence grant as well as the grant from Aase och Richard Björklunds fond. In 2007 and 2010 – 2011 she got the work grant from Konstnärsmämden in Sweden and during 2010 she was on the Artist-in-Residence grant at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin. In 2012 she spent 3 months at the Artist-in-Residency Program, Nordic Artists' Centre Dalsåsen, Norway. During 2013 she stayed as a resident for one month in the Bergman Estate on Fårö in Sweden. In 2014 she was awarded the grant from Aase och Richard Björklunds fond for a second time. Her website can be found here.