Julika RUDELIUS

At Media City Seoul 2010

Forever (2006)

2-channel video installation, 16 min 50 sec

Seoul Museum of Art, Gallery 3-A

Artist Profile

Born 1968; Lives and works in Amsterdam and New York

Julika Rudelius keenly criticizes important issues in contemporary society by interviewing the individuals that comprise various groups such as politicians, middle-aged women, salarymen, immigrants, and teenagers and showing their daily lives.

Forever features five women past middle-age who are interviewed about their thoughts on beauty and happiness, which are both stereotypical and individual. In this film, the artist’s voice is withheld, but the questions may be inferred from the women’s answers. They speak about how to attain beauty, its connection to privilege and power, and their belief that their inner beauty is related to their physical beauty. Their confident and casual attitude toward the camera while posing poolside at luxury houses and taking Polaroid self-portraits affirms their strong self-consciousness and pride.

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