Bjork has compared the music industry to that of an old "boys' club" with the sexism she's faced.
The Iceland-born, New York-based singer feels she’s been “very lucky” to have achieved success within her music career, making a name for herself from the time she fronted punk rock band The Sugarcubes in the mid-1980s.
Speaking at the Australian launch of her new art exhibition, Bjork Digital, the Army of Me singer revealed she has been faced with various hurdles over the years and went on to share her thoughts on the business.
“The fact I’m a woman and I can do what I do, it’s kind of unique, really,” she told The Sydney Morning Herald. “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.”
Bjork took an even stronger stance with regards to the film industry and says that as well as gender equality barriers, actresses also have to face persistent ageism. The 50-year-old found acting as a woman facing blindness in Lars Von Trier’s 2000 film Dancer in the Dark to be rather dispiriting, despite acclaim for her performance and a Best Actress gong at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
“I couldn’t believe what it’s like for actresses,” she said. “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.”
Even with her reputation for being innovative and pushing boundaries with her distinctive sound, Bjork insists her music has a conventional element.
“I actually think a lot about my music is quite conservative. People think I'm taking the p***, but I think I have my voice and that's it,” she noted.
Bjork Digital features a collection of videos, apps and other installations from her Vulnicura album.
The exhibition is being held at Sydney gallery Carriageworks from 3-18 June (16).
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