Venus Jasper is a queer visual artist, storyteller, world builder, performative priestess, researcher, educator, writer, and curator, currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Murky Murky, Little Bitch Witch

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Stills from the single-channel video Murky Murky, Little Bitch Witch.

This video work is part of the ongoing research project Wetlands Worship. The work features an individual crawling on an island of kelp and passing through the blackened ocean floor on the way to land. They are wearing a customized wetsuit adorned with shells, symbols, and chains.

Images of dead fish and acidic landscapes flash over the video shot from a drone mixed with the portraiture of the CEO of one of the largest companies in the Icelandic fish industry which was notoriously linked to the fishrot scandal of 2019. The figure is seen facedown, dead, in the water.

Shot in Iceland, the video Murky Murky, Little Bitch Witch offers critique of environmentally disruptive fishing industries for the aggrandizement of multinationals. The person washing ashore is here to tell us that the spirits of dying fish have not forgotten.

Simultaneously, the song relates to wetlands, swamps, bogs and fens, and how their historic and ongoing drainage treathens ecotones, wildlife, wetland cultures and spirits. The video Murky Murky, Little Bitch Witch, and the entire project of Wetlands Worship seeks to rekindle wetland spiritualities, lensed through a folkloric, musical and sculptural artistic research that explores the roots of the artist, growing up near the bogs and fenlands of Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.

  • The video Murky Murky, Little Bitch Witch stems on the live version of a song I performed at Vilnius, Rupert (LT).
  • Murky Murky, Little Bitch Witch (video) was shown at SÍM Residency, Reykjavik and University of Aarhus, Denmark in 2023.
  • The video is part of the ongoing research project Wetlands Worship.
  • The video is paired with high quality photography that can be shown in framed prints, collage works and for web-promotion of the project.
  • More of the photography will be released soon.

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Direction + Edit: Venus Jasper
Camera: Ryan W. Wight
Photography: Nina Maria Allmoslechner
Hair + Make-up: Liisi Kõuhkna
Costume: Venus Jasper + Peachy Clam Berlin

Thank you:
SÍM Residency Reykjavik,
LungA Festival Seyðisfjörður
Rupert Vilnius

Made possible by:
Mondriaan Fund
AFK Amsterdam
Amarte Fund