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The most extreme perfect that exists.
(Ingmar Bergman)

2011
Color video
3 minutes
In this video, the latest in Russell’s ongoing Covers series, she embodies the voice of Ingmar Bergman as he discusses the events that inspired him to write his 1966 film Persona. Ruminating on themes of personal identity, existence, life after death and the foibles of aspiring to some state of perfection, Russell both sincerely expresses the happiness Bergman feels as he describes an anesthetic-induced feeling of nonexistence, and humorously shares his stuttering frustration at being unable to think of the word he’s looking for in English. Russell’s work often plays with the permeability of identity as well as questions of reality vs. illusion, and this is no exception. She stands before a photographic backdrop of a perfect flowering tree, while the fluttering patterns of dappled sunlight pass through real trees to play across the frame.
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