EWVA European Women's Video Art


BNL Media Art Festival, Roma

13-17 April 2016

MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome

EWVA participated at the BNL Media Art Festival in Rome. This took the form of a installed screening programme held at MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome.


The selection included artworks by some of the most influential European women artists who were video pioneers in the 1970s and 1980s. A broad range of topics and approaches to video were shown. These include experimentation exploring the possibilities of the medium, video installation, multi-media and performance. The selected themes addressed: the critic to broadcast TV, identity, the relationship with their body, ephemerality of life, perception, pregnancy and maternity, the opposition between Nature and civilisation, how women are represented by the media, the role of women in society.

Featured artists: Anna Valeria Borsari, Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter, Madelon Hooykaas, Živa Kraus, Federica Marangoni, Elaine Shemilt, Annegret Soltau, Elsa Stansfield

Curated by Laura Leuzzi

Technical support by Adam Lockhart




List of Works


Živa Kraus, The Motovun Tape, 1976, 4m 18s (Courtesy of the Artist and Archivio Cavallino, Venezia)


Anna Valeria Borsari, Autoritratto in una stanza, documentario/ Self-portrait in a room, documentary, 1977, 9m

(Courtesy of the Artist and Archivio Cavallino, Venezia)


Federica Marangoni, The Box of Life, 1979, 16 mm film (transferred to video), 11m 55s


Madelon Hooykaas/Elsa Stansfield, Split Seconds, 1979, video, 10m 37s


Annegret Soltau, Schwanger sein II, excerpt: phase three, 1979-1980, 2m 2s.


Elaine Shemilt, Women Soldiers, 1984, video, 6m


Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter, Transit, 1986, video, 5m 50s.





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