Archival Glimpses

Two display cases at the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz with contents that change in regular rotation, provide insights into the Archive on the basis of physical documents from the premature legacy.


Archival Glimpses, Take 12

01/12/2021 – 31/05/2022


Seven Women Seven Sins was commissioned by German television broadcaster ZDF in 1986. Each mortal sin was interpreted by a female filmmaker and translated into a short film by, among others, Chantal Akerman, Maxi Cohen, Ulrike Ottinger and Helke Sander. The means of expression range from experimental video to musical to radical documentary. The films have been shown internationally at festivals and won numerous awards, including Montreal, Tokyo, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and Toronto. 

On the subject of medieval "lust" VALIE EXPORT shot a love story between call girl Nelly and bodybuilder Tommy, in which she continues her previous work with "the body as a vehicle for social codes" and turns physical attractiveness into currency. Lust was created under the impression of the unleashed late capitalism of the 1980s and its excessive body cult: "Today, the economy dictates body behaviour, body pressure in the most direct form and thus standardises our body representation. It is no longer religion that sets morality, but the global power of the economy with its products and codes. Morality has found a new patron." (VALIE EXPORT)