VALIE EXPORT in person
Among the most important artists of her generation, VALIE EXPORT has created a provocative and groundbreaking body of work that spans film, performance, and installation and interrogates many of the sociopolitical issues central to modern life—gender, surveillance, information, and political power. Rejecting her family and ex-husband’s name in 1967, she adopted her nom de guerre from a popular brand of cigarettes. The nature of this act has characterized much of her work, from the radical Tapp und Tastkino (Touch and Tap Cinema) (1968), in which she used the physicality of her body to confront social and media chauvinism, to the analytical film Adjunct Dislocations (1973), which breaks down space to offer new possibilities for representation of the world. In her first visit to Chicago in many years, EXPORT presents an overview of her work and discusses the abiding questions that have guided her practice.
VALIE EXPORT is a filmmaker and performance artist. She received a degree in textile design from the Technical School for Textile Industry in Vienna in 1964 and began her career expanding on the Viennese Actionist project with a complex feminist critique of the social and political body, fusing the visceral and conceptual. Her works are in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Reina Sofía, Madrid; MoMA, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and have been exhibited around the world in museums, art spaces, and media festivals including the Venice Biennale; documenta, Kassel; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Shanghai Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Ars Electronica Center, Linz; and the Cannes, Montréal, Vancouver, San Francisco, Locarno, Hong Kong, Sydney, and New York Film Festivals. She has taught at the Academy of Visual Arts, Munich; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; the San Francisco Art Institute; and the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. She currently lives and works in Vienna.
1968–2009, Austria/Germany, multiple formats, ca 75 min + discussion