Valie Export “Metanoia”

Tanja Grunert Gallery

poster for Valie Export “Metanoia”

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Tanja Grunert Gallery present METANOIA a solo installation of 29 video performances by Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT. Composed by EXPORT, the collection includes avant-garde films, structural movies, performance videos, video poems, video body actions and experimental films from 1968–2010.  METANOIA represents the artist’s most important work in film and video and demonstrates the wide range of her media oeuvre.

The title of the exhibition comes from the Greek word Metanoia, which has various meanings: meta (=after/post or beyond) + noia, which comes from the Greek nous (=mind) and refers to something post-logical, beyond reason. In modern Greek the word has come to mean “redemption”, which implies a religious meaning. Included in this exhibition will be one of EXPORT’s early performance videos, “Man & Woman & Animal” (1970-73) which looks into the religious and historical construction of gender, its dualisms and ecclesiastical power mechanisms. Noted video works such as “Cuts/Elements of Observation” (1973), “Hyperbulia” (1973) and “Syntagma” (1983) alongside some video poems accentuate EXPORT’S experimental language of video and performance art.

Being a pioneer of conceptual media art, EXPORT’s work explores feminist theories and challenges social and political topics. Working across media in body performances, video installations, and expanded cinema, her 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. METANOIA is an extension of EXPORT’s active engagement with feminism and her desire to experiment in different languages, incorporating body language, structuralism and sexual politics.

“By using video it was possible as a feminist artist to work very freely with the depiction of body consciousness” - VALIE EXPORT



from April 25, 2015 to May 31, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-04-25 from 18:00 to 20:00


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