Bjork won numerous awards — including the Cannes prize for Best Actress — for starring in and scoring the 2000 film Dancer in the Dark. Between acting and music videos — and even acting in music videos — the performance aspect has long been central to the Icelandic artist’s persona.
But in a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Bjork commented on the unfairness of the acting world, digging back to her memories around Dancer in the Dark. She wasn’t necessarily airing grievances against the film in particular, though it’s clear she tapped into the systematic inequality actresses face.
“I did one film 16 years ago and I could not believe what it’s like for actresses out there,” she said. “It’s just a nightmare how they’re treated. They have absolutely so little say about what happens to their career or roles they play or also as they get older — guys can get older but not women.”
According to the Herald, Bjork did point out she thinks actresses like Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton are gradually shifting the trend in a positive direction.
She also added a critique of music journalism:
“I think what’s really macho is for example the music journalists in the world, it’s really like a boys’ club… They like music that is… a lot of it is for boys.”
Bjork grew up in Iceland (and still splits her time between there and Brooklyn), giving her an interesting perspective on feminism. Her homeland is widely regarded as a worldwide leader in gender equality, and since the 1980s, she’s been able to express this in her art. Last year, her body of work was celebrated in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition; currently, she’s in Sydney for the Bjork Digital exhibition, which launches June 3.
There, she’ll premiere the fourth installment in a series of virtual reality videos accompanying her 2015 album Vulnicura.
We leave you with a teaser of the video shared by Bjork today: