‘The curator’s speech’ from the performance @Medienwerkstatt. Photo credit: Hanna Schimek
WHAT IF – the making of a character
Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, the performer experiments on her own identity perception in relation to her remembered family biography; playing with reenactment, repetition and reframing, she attempts to remake herself an upgraded identity.
The performance follows the real and imagined life story of the performer’s mother:
This is the first major show devoted to the drawing and painting work of the unknown painter Ariella Shteinberg (1948 – 2010). The show charts work from her enigmatic career attempting to clear a mystery around the big void in her mid-career oeuvre, as researchers are not decided, if she really was..
Reflecting on the lingering consequences connecting memory, fact and fiction, WHAT IF is a multidisciplinary experiment on identity construction involving performative and visual art disciplines.
Concept & performance: Anat Stainberg // Text development: Yosi Wanunu // Camera: Lisbeth Kovačič // Editing: Michael Strohmann // Music: Martin Siewert // Make up: Marietta Dang // Costume: Yasmina Haddad // Acting coach: Markus Zett
Video credit: Philip Leitmann
WHAT IF was a part of Family Affairs, an experimental arrangement on the topic of (artistic) heritage. Curated by Hanna Schimek and hosted by the Medienwerkstatt Wien October 2020. http://www.medienwerkstatt-wien.at/aktuell/family-affairs.php
WHAT IF total running time is 50 min.
WHAT IF was supported by Stadt Wien Kultur MA7 and BMKÖS.
Link to more info about Family Affairs: https://www.hannaschimek.at/exhibitions-and-projects/family-affairs/