"In den Gedanken ist mehr Wirklichkeit als in den Dingen."
Gustave Flaubert, Erinnerungen, Aufzeichnungen und geheime Gedanken
VALIE EXPORT. The 1980 Venice Biennale Works
29.11.2019 - 25.01.2020
My artistic work centres on the human body as medium of information, as signal bearer of meaning and communication. I occupy myself with the pictorial representation of mental states, with the sensations of the body when it loses its identity, when the ego gnaws its way through the scraps of skin, when steel casings straighten the joints and the worn-out identity is nailed with steel pins to modern mythomania… I try to shape the social structures (power current) and standards (mutilations) of life into a metanoia of pictures. – VALIE EXPORT, 1980