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Dafna Maimon

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Dafna Maimon’s humorous and often absurd work taps deep into the human narrative. Maimon’s work in Helsinki Biennial reflects on the lost condition of modern humanity.

Dafna Maimon (b.1982) is an artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her practice encompasses performance, participatory situations, video, and installation. Her work surveys the ways in which we handle recollections, stereotypes, and traumatic experiences into narrative settings, while sketching out strategies of subversion and self-empowerment. In particular, her work deconstructs patriarchal structures and plays with them through exaggeration and re-contextualization. Other characteristics of her practice are the study of diverse forms of community and belongingness. Her humorous and often absurd work taps deep into the human narrative, while looking for new perspectives and tools that allow for self-reflection, stillness and catharsis.

Dafna Maimon: Indigestibles, 2021 ©Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021

Indigestibles, 2021

Comprising video, installation, sound and performance, Maimon’s work in Helsinki Biennial reflects on the lost condition of modern humanity. Laced with warm humour, the work sheds light on the complicated relationship between people and their bodies.

Indigestibles is a portrait of Shelly, a stressed-out middle-aged woman whose life lacks meaning and content.

Maimon deconstructs Shelly and scrutinizes the imbalance that exists between her consciousness and her uncooperative digestive system. This mind-body conflict opens up Shelly’s inner world. The flourishing network of bacteria, intestines, internal organs and undigested food form a landscape where Shelly is lost and unable to navigate.

The work has been produced in cooperation with the Pro Artibus Foundation.
The work is supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

Photo 1: Anton Stüber

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Dafna Maimon

Indigestibles
2021

Installation, Video Loop, Performance

Indigestibles: There’s Today
2021

4K video, loop

Shelly: Jessica Gadani

Shelly’s Mother: Rose Sanyang-Hill

Shelly’s Friends: Sky Deep, Susie Meyer, Micaela da Silva, Özlem Ögütcü

Director of Photography and Light: Imogen Heath and Nadja Krüger

Set Design, 2D Graphics Design & Video Effects: Ethan Hayes-Chute

Sound Recording: Hannes Marget and Tobias Müller

Assistant Editor & Color Correction: Ginés Olivares

Sound Design: Ville Haimala & Tim Roth

Costumes: Angelika Götz

Indigestibles: Last Resort
2021

textiles, wood, various materials, sound, light

Intestine Fabricator: Tea Palmelund, Anna Budniewski & Evgenia Chetvertkova

Intestine Sound Design: Ville Haimala & Tim Roth

Intestine Consultant: Ethan Hayes-Chute

Gut Voice: Jessica Gadani, Lulu Obermayer, Dafna Maimon

Indigestibles: Heartburn
2021

Performance

Performers: Andrew Kerton, Dafna Maimon

Costumes: Tea Palmelund & Anna Budniewski

Overall Project Manager / Producer: Franziska Zahl

Project Intern: Vera Xia, Maddy Kennard

The work has been produced in cooperation with the Pro Artibus Foundation. The work is supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

Commissioned by HAM/Helsinki Biennial 2021