Phrases by Francesca Matthys. Candy was carried out at APT Gallery on the twenty ninth November as a part of Fest en Fest 2022.
Candy by Stina Nyberg is a singular piece of artwork that I used to be lucky to witness. I used to be inspired to take up one of many remaining seats within the circle of chairs across the efficiency area as I shuffled my manner in. I at all times really feel a way of heightened anticipation for a way the area shall be used when arrange within the spherical. Because the viewers was confronted with not solely one another however the prospect of what was to come back, the stress within the area grew as we awaited the performer.
There was an obscure sound desk that closed the spherical on one finish, adorned with flowers. It seemed like there have been additionally strawberries and cheese, an altar and providing. Two people sat aspect by aspect preoccupied by their laptops. Virtually as if at a name centre or immersed on this planet of a digital sport, under no circumstances bothered by their onlookers.
One of many people approached the circle of chairs sporting a puffer jacket, tracksuit trousers and a pair of formal loafers. Apparel that will be commonplace in any stylish London or European space. Grounding the performer within the up to date as somebody simply relatable was Stina Nyberg.
This sense of the on a regular basis quickly shifted because the performer started to virtually puppeteer their puffer jacket and create a streetwear creature that puffed smoke from its mouth and growled because it explored and have become accustomed to the area, cheekily teasing us. This use of costume the place sleeve turned trunk and collar turned mouth, was fascinating and allowed the viewers to be baptised into the work by way of pure play.
This temporary but alluring ‘emergence’ second of the work transitioned into Nyberg telling the story of a brand new species that got here to be ‘maybe 200 years in the past’. She went on to declare the destructiveness of this creature and the way they have been pure assholes. I instantly considered humanity and the way we have now destroyed virtually all the pieces we as a civilisation have had the privilege of laying our arms on. Nyberg’s direct but inviting nature made it a simple journey and allowed us to be confronted by the injury that our species had doubtlessly achieved.
Nyberg quickly started to indulge herself and us in an prolonged dance that morphed out and in of an inner groove that appeared each liberating and inhibiting at instances. Shifting to extra primal primate-like postures in addition to extending and flicking to her extremities, this dance that travelled across the circle felt like a really candid motion journey that exposed many quirky and satisfying idiosyncrasies within the hips and face. An evolution of dance or dance as a instrument to discover evolution. Nyberg by now was sporting a fitted pair of denims and a verify shirt, resembled a cowboy coltishly exploring an enormous panorama accompanied by her mischievous grin.
The ultimate part of the work is what I recall as a ‘reminiscence’ monologue. Nyberg transports us into moments from what we will assume are her life, however that blur into even being our personal lives because the viewers. From probably the most macro to probably the most intimate moments with a lover, with a pal, with herself. Reminiscence is a peculiar factor to discover in dwell efficiency as when reflecting on the work, one is remembering a reminiscence inside a reminiscence, transient and generally a futile expertise that ought to perhaps be left to simmer and solely really feel within the current second. No matter this, I do in some way keep in mind how Nyberg’s remembrance made me really feel, at house in area and in my very own physique because the nostalgia of way back crammed each orifice.
The work closed with Nyberg retreating again to her desk the place she had been oblivious to us maybe, began the efficiency but this time her presence was recognized and her tales instructed.
As somebody who relishes in textual content, I discovered this work refreshing and transferring although I nonetheless hope to see an extra integration of dense texts and motion in a manner that can captivate an viewers for an prolonged interval. Nyberg as a performer is at house within the efficiency area although and that was certainly a pleasure to behold.