Created in collaboration with Iceland Dance Company, Matthew Barney’s new riddle-film transforms a shopping mall into an ancient theatre, where vendors and consumers perform strange rituals.
Star artist Matthew Barney and the Iceland Dance Company offer a contemporary interpretation of a myth that dates back to Sumer—perhaps, the oldest civilization on Earth. In a shopping mall, primordial goddess Nammu is eating doughnuts while getting ready for an orgiastic wedding ceremony—a collective ritual that combines contemporary dance, sport, exploration of the human body, mysticism, and irony. Shot for several screens, Union of the North is pure cinematic magic and stays with the viewer like a dream.
The film will be presented by curator of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Anastasia Mityushina, artist and performer Vera Martynov and video artist Sasha Pirogova.
Union of the North
Directors Valdimar Johannsson, Erna Omarsdottir
Iceland, 2017. 81 minutes