By Robyn Collins
Speaking at the Australian launch of her art exhibit Bjork Digital, alt-rock icon Bjork said she has been “very lucky” but has faced sexism in her own career.
“The fact I’m a woman and I can do what I do, it’s kind of unique, really,” Bjork said. “I’ve been really lucky. But I have been hitting walls. What’s really macho, for example, is music journalism. It’s really like a boys’ club. They like music that is… well, a lot of it is for boys.”
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Bjork played a woman going blind in a performance that won her Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival in Dancer In The Dark in 2000, directed by Lars Von Trier. Discussing her only acting appearance Bjork said “I couldn’t believe what it’s like for actresses. It’s just a nightmare how they’re treated. They have so little say in their career or roles they play as they get older. Guys can get older, but not women.”
Bjork Digital opens at Sydney gallery Carriageworks from June 3-18, featuring videos, apps and other installations from her ‘Vulnicura’ album.
Regarding the video for “Black Lake,” which was shot in Iceland, Bjork said, “It was really, really cold and I was barefoot walking around just singing this song over and over again. The easiest thing would have been to press record and just have a nervous breakdown in front of the camera, which would have been very boring and predictable, just guts and vulgarity for the sake of it.”
While she’s Commonly recognized for her creative innovation, Bjork doesn’t believe she’s so off-the wall. She thinks other artists just play it too safe. “I actually think a lot about my music is quite conservative. People think I’m taking the piss, but I think I have my voice and that’s it.”