program

FILMS

Man & Woman & Animal

Bărbat & Femeie & Animal

74 films in 13 categories
Valie Export
Austria
8'


1970-1973
Photo Film

V.O.

No dialogue

subtitles


Original Title

Mann & Frau & Animal

CATEGORY

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF GENDER EQUALITY

synopsis

One of the legendary personalities of contemporary European art, Valie Export made feminist films to an equal extent, many of which present or expand on some of her performances. Preoccupied, in the ‘60s and the ‘70s, with examining the ways in which the patriarchal culture of the era used to relate to the female body, associating it with the libidinal yearnings of men or domesticating it in accordance to all sorts of outdated formulas, the artist was aiming to draw attention to these abuses at all costs, oftentimes going - under the influence of the Viennese activist movement -  as far as subjecting herself to physical sufferings meant to symbolize the break with the past and the revaluation of her own body in harmony with new principles. The three short films of the program are definitely the most stylistically radical in the entire selection. None of the films puts forward a narrative, in the true sense of the word, nor do they properly document a phenomenon or an action from the immediate reality. What they do document instead are Valie Export’s performances, which work as purification rituals on the path towards the recuperation of one’s own femininity, in its various instances. To this day, the most shocking of the films remains “Man & Woman & Animal,” which presents the act of masturbation of a woman in a bathtub, having a shower head at hand, but whose face always stays outside the visual frame. The direct references to Gustave Courbet’s famous painting, “The Origin of the World,” are not accidental, only that the lasciviousness of the naked body depicted in that representation is demystified here, as it is replaced with a new, animalic representation of female sexuality. (by Andrei Rus)

* The film is not recommended under 18 years

awards and festivals

Mix Brasil Sao Paolo, 2003

Wroclaw International Media Art Biennale, 1999
International Art Film Festival Trencianske Teplice, 1999

distributor

Sixpackfilm

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