VALIE EXPORT (Austria)
"METANOIA", 1966-2010. Video Works.
„That is because I look at
life as an endlessly moving sculpture, an extension of the body’s cavity into
the galactic labyrinth. It is a genetic sculpture, billions of years old, and
is unfinished. The trope of this sculpture is caught in the realm between
reality and potentiality.“
Interview with Roswitha
Mueller, Milwaukee, April 1992 in: "VALIE EXPORT Fragments of Imagination",
Indiana University Press, Boomington and Indianapolis 1994.
Born 1940 in Linz (Austria).
Being a pioneer of conceptual media art, film and performance, EXPORT's work explores feminist theories and challenges social and political topics. Working cross-medial in body performances, video installations, and expanded cinema, EXPORT's early guerilla performances have attained an iconic status in feminist art history. She provoked thought about the passive role of women in cinema and confrontation of the private nature of sexuality with the public venues of her performances. In VALIE EXPORT's performances, the female body is not packaged and sold by male directors and producers, but is controlled and offered freely by the woman herself, in defiance of social rules and state precepts.
At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, VALIE EXPORT will be present with "METANOIA", collection of 29 film and video works realized between 1966 and 2010.