Reflexionen über die Geburt der Venus (1978)
Ulrike Rosenbach, 1978, 22'06''

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'Reflections on the Birth of Venus' is a video piece in the broad cycle of photographic and performance work to the topic of Venus. Starting point is the work of Botticelli's 'The birth of Venus' dating from the 15th century. Up to the present day this painting serves as a much used model for the representation of female beauty and sexual availability of woman. It has become 'a cliché of the erotic adaptation of woman to the sexual needs of men' as Rosenbach writes in 1975. On the screen one sees the figure of the naked goddess standing in a large shell: lonely, robbed of her picturesque surrounding, in front of a black background, projected life-sized onto the wall. Embedded into the picture of Venus' figure is the shape of the artist revolving slowly aroundherself to the rhythm of the Bob Dylan song 'Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands'. Like the rhythm of change between day and night the turning actress becomes alternatively visible and invisible. The work impresses by its effective while simple motion which holds an amazing fascination due to its coherence. Read more...

  • Date: 1978
  • Length: 22'06''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, performance (artwork genre), self-portrait
  • Keywords: art, feminism