'Retaped Rape' by Austrian artist Fiona Rukschcio
The Viennese artist, filmmaker and curator Fiona Rukschcio is presenting her video work ‘Retaped Rape’ in the course of different events and discussions in India.
In her films, collages, and projects, Fiona Rukschcio focuses on roles ascribed to women, identity formation by internal and external forces, and extreme emotional experiences. The artist has also often dealt with the topic of violence against women and developing strategies of empowerment such as showing alternative images beyond the rhetoric of the victim. By combining research and documentary materials with her own subjectively charged perceptions,she develops a heterogeneous visual language juxtaposing archive material and the aesthetics of the everyday.
Fiona Rukschcio presented her film ‘Retaped Rape’ (2012), which is based on ‘Rape’ (1968) by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. The artist re-filmed the original, in which a young woman is followed by the cameraman through the city of London and back to her apartment, using the same shots in the same locations, but without the woman. This shift raises a series of questions about the links between camera idiom, gazes, violence, and places as collective storehouses of memory.
An excerpt of the film can be seen on the artist's website.
Within the exhibition ‘R.A.P.E’ – 'Rare Acts of Political Engagement' at the Art Bull Gallery & Auction house, Fiona Rukschcio showcased her films and discussed subjects such as sexual harassment and violence against women with the audience.
Mr. Raimund Magis, Chargé d'Affaires of the Austrian Embassy introduced the evening.
Please find details in the invitation card.