VALIE EXPORT, Aktionshose: Genitalpanik (Action Pants: Genital Panic)

aktionhose genitalpanik

In her 1969 performance Aktionshose:Genitalpanik (Action Pants: Genital Panic), EXPORT entered a porn cinema in Augusta-Lichtspiele, Munich with her hair in disarray, wearing crotchless pants, and carrying a machine gun. Striding up and down the rows of theatregoers, she brandished the weapon and challenged the male audience to engage with a “real woman” instead of with an images on a screen. Through these acts of artistic daring, EXPORT challenged the objectification of the female form by confronting voyeurs with a body that returned the gaze.

Further Reading:

Tate Collection website.

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