VALIE EXPORT with Peter Hassmann (photographer) Action Pants: Genital Panic 1969

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This series of screenprints relates to a performance in which EXPORT reportedly walked into an experimental art-film house in Munich wearing crotchless trousers and a tight leather jacket, with her hair teased wildly, and roamed through the rows of seated spectators, her exposed genitalia level with their faces. Challenging the public to engage with a "real woman" instead of with images on a screen, she illustrated her notion of "expanded cinema," in which the artist's body activates the live context of watching. EXPORT's defiant feminist action was memorialized in a picture taken the following year by the photographer Peter Hassmann in Vienna. EXPORT had the image, in which she holds a machine gun, screenprinted in a large edition and fly-posted it in public squares and on the street.

Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
Collaborating artist
Peter Hassmann (photographer)
Medium
Screenprints
Dimensions
Each 26 3/8 x 19 5/8" (67 x 49.8 cm)
Credit
The Modern Women's Fund
Object number
27.2010.a-f
Copyright
© 2019 VALIE EXPORT / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VBK, Austria.
Department
Photography

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