VALIE EXPORT (Austria) was born Waltraud Lehner in Linz. In 1967 she changed her name to reflect a self-fashioned identity, inspired by the branding on a pack of Smart Export cigarettes. “I did not want to have the name of my father any longer, nor that of my former husband Hollinger.” EXPORT studied at a convent and Vienna’s National School for Textile Industry (1955–1958). Beginning in the mid-1960s she began developing one of the most significant bodies of feminist art of the postwar period, also questioning some of the overt misogynistic tendencies of the Vienna Actionists. EXPORT has completed more than 100 films, videos, and performances since 1966, with solo screenings and exhibitions at numerous international institutions, including Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Metropolitan Museum (New York), Shanghai Art Museum, MUMOK (Vienna), Centre George Pompidou (Paris), MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), and the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Moscow). She was the subject of a dual film retrospective with Carolee Schneemann at Media City Film Festival in 2018. Export is the recipient of the Oskar Kokoschka Prize (2000), Austrian Decoration for Science and Art (2005), the Grand Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria (2010), and the Roswitha Haftmann Prize (2019), among many other awards and accolades. In 2016 the city of Linz opened a new research centre devoted exclusively to her life’s work. EXPORT lives between Vienna, Austria and Cologne, Germany.
VALIE EXPORT’S VISUAL TEXT: FINGER POEM and SYNTAGMA
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Visual Text: Finger Poem, 2 min, 1973; Syntagma, 18 min, 1984