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.
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 (2020) 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
Photo 2: Maija Toivanen