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Art & Culture Kunst & Kultur imagofeminae.com WINTER 2013/2014 Nr. V

 

MARIA MORATA

 

EXPOSED film & Videoseries

 

Self Portraits of Women

 

Interview with Maria Morata, curator of the film series "EXPOSED Self Portraits of Women, film & video works" at Cinema Arsenal in Berlin on Jan. 9, 2014. EXPOSED is an international six part film & video program presenting the artistic positions of women who deal with time-based self-portraits and self representation; with works from international

famous female artists*.

Reportage by Paiman Maria Davarifard

Still: I'M NOT THE GIRL WHO MISSES MUCH

© PIPILOTTI RIST 1986 CH

EXPOSED Berlin 2014

Still: SELBSTPORTRAIT MIT KOPF

© VALIE EXPORT 1966-1967 AT

EXPOSED Berlin 2014

Still: KANTATE

© MARIA LASSNIG 1992 AT

EXPOSED Berlin 2014

 

MARIA MORATA: When women are making self-portraits, they are taking the power of creating their own image. The fact is that, they are the master of this image of "herself“ so this is a kind of freedom for the women. Thats why the early video art is very close to feminism, not only of course, but a big part was due to this capacity, to this possibility to control the own image. In the film works, we will see that the artists are not in all cases in front of the camera because in the film it is not very common to talk to the camera – it ist „the 4th wall“ – but in the video, it is very close to television and in fact we are very used to have the „talking heads“ in the television so we will find a lot of works were really women are in front of the camera.

In the program, the feminism is not the „focus“, so i try to address this women artsist as subjects and if they want to talk about feminist issues, that is good and i accept it and i want it of course to have this part but if not, if they are just asking their „self“ how I am, how i want to show myself, what are the things that are existancially challenging my „Self“... thats also very interesting too and i try to have a very big panorama to stage „the own person“ „the own body“ in moving images. Looking for the self "who i am" and "who i am in my context", opens a lot of questions of identity as a woman in the society, in the country or in a very specific religious context.

Normally we are used to have portraits and self portraits in the traditional arts like painting, sculpture, drawing, and i was asking myself, what would happen if this „self- portrais“ suddently had a „time dimension", when there is a begining and an end!, what would happen in between!?. In the program there are a lot of examples, a lot of very different strategies of artists from several generations who deal with this subject and who try to present an image of their „self“... sometimes there is a kind of metaphysical cast or looking for the inner i or the inner "me" and sometimes it is a kind of resistance and a kind of performative act where they are rebelling against state, politics and religion. Parallel to this film video series, i am making a seminar at the University of Arts (in Berlin) and this seminar is about self portraits, female and male self portraits. It is very interesting. The students are men and women, and of course there are also other issues and it is very interesting to contrast both positions... and maybe if you ask me why did i choose only women... well i was working in a feminist archive project and i became very interestred in how women, only women, portrait themselves on moving images.

The film of video series started with a film of Agnes Varda, it was the film „Reponse de femmes, Notre Corpes Norte sexe", from 1975 and it was really a political pamphlet film, a kind of cine tract documentary made for television where really this feminist denunciation was very clear… and the whole program will finish with a film of Maria Lassnig. She made a film in a very... well she was in a very advanced moment of her carrier and it is very nice to see how light she tells about her life as an artist. She belongs to this first generation of feminist artists and then… now, how she looks to her life in a very humorous and nice way. The way this identity of feminist issues are discussed, it is very different in different countries of course. In Europe some issues were discussed some time ago in the 60s and in the 70s and also from the very „west“ perspective and it is very important and very interesting how artists from the Moslem countries have another issues to deal with.

 

The screenings are on every Thursday all in Januarry 2014

 

Interview & Reportage by Paiman Maria Davarifard.

*) Utan Titel Leontine Arvidsson 2013 SE, Agnes Varda Response de femmes Norte Corpes, norte sexe 1975, Kerstin Cmelka 2001 "Mit Mir", "star bright, star might" Kate Gilmore 2007 USA, Marianne Heske 1976 NO Phrenological Self Portrait, "Commercials for Forming a Sculpture Drama in Manhattan“ Lynn Hersmann 1974 USA, SOLO MIT CHOR Karo Goldt 2004 AT/DE, kantate Maria Lassnig 1992 AT, Miralles Petjades FINA MIRALLES 1976 ES, "Masker" MARIA PETSCHING 2007 AT, Sanja Ivekovic Instructions No 1, 1976 YU, Ulrike Rosenbach GLAUBEN SIE NICHT DASS ICH EINE AMAZONE BIN 1975 DE, me Series GHAZAL 1997-1998 IR / keep the balance ME SERIES 1997-1998 GHAZAL IR, Ouve-me HELENA ALMEIDA 1979 PT, Tracy Emin the interview 1999 USA, EKSTASE HEIKE MUTTER 1998 DE, FUNDA ÖZGÜNAYDIN DISPLACEMENT OF A CULTURAL SELF-PORTRAIT VI 2011 DE, Pulsar MARIA KLONARIS/KATARINA THOMADAKI 2001 GB, I'M NOT THE GIRL WHO MISSES MUCH PIPILOTTI RIST 1986 CH, ONE PUSSY SHOW ANJA CZIOSKA 1998 DE, THIS COULD BE ME MICHAELA PAVLATOVA 1996 CZ, SELBSTPORTRAIT MIT KOPF VALIE EXPORT 1966-1967 AT, BOXER ME SEIES GHAZAL 1997-1998 IR, PIPILOTTI RIST "AUIOURD' HUI" 1999 CH, Miranda July "The Amateurist 1998 USA.

 

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