VALIE EXPORT – ‘I Created My Own Identity’ | Artist Interview | TateShots
VALIE EXPORT is an Austrian avant-garde feminist artist best known for her photography and radical performances that raise discussions around the female body and the male gaze.
VALIE was a mother and a housewife before beginning her artistic career when she moved to Vienna in the Sixties.
‘Feminism at the time allowed you to choose who you are’ says EXPORT. Born as Waltraud Lehner, and later Waltraud Höllinger, in 1967, the artist dropped her father’s and husband’s names to create her new identity as VALIE EXPORT, which became her trademark.
We met VALIE EXPORT in Vienna where she took us on a tour of her studio and key locations linked to her artistic career.
With thanks to Andreas Gruber, Photograph Conservator.