On Animals and Cleaning, 7 minutes, 2019
Sweden, like most countries, is built on fascism. In the first half of the 20th century, Sweden was world-leader in eugenics, and provided the German Nazis with “research” during the 2nd World War. The Swedish state sterilized tens of thousands of people within their obsession with cleaning and hygiene. Today, the fascist obsession with cleaning lives on. There are absurd designs in Sweden that try to fool us to think that “less is more”, that there is such a thing as “blond wood”, or that design, or even a line, can be “clean”.
On Animals and Cleaning brings up Sweden’s dirty secrets through the absurd performative act of cleaning. The film is based on a performance with the same name.
Director: Zafire Vrba
Cinematographer: Dan Dansen
Editing, sound design and voice: Zafire Vrba
Sir Gay Ilaa
Photos: Juliette Claire
CRUM Heaven Gallery, Stockholm
Queer Art Fest, Stockholm
Västernorrlands museum, Härnösand
Stockholm Dance Film Festival
Trans Film Fest Stockholm
Umeå European Film Festival
Akademin Valand @ Göteborg Film Festival