© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Bildrecht, Photo: Werner Kaligofsky


Menschenfrauen, 1979

Feature film, 16mm, black and white and color, sound, 124 min Director: VALIE EXPORT Cast: Christine von Aster, Renée Felden, Maria Martina, Lukas Resetarits, Susanne Widl, Klaus Wildbolz Photography: Wolfgang Dickmann, Karl Kases Music: bananen & zitronen, sung by monsti-ingrid wiener and VALIE EXPORT, zither: Karl Svoboda, Hotel Morphila Orchestra Script: Peter Weibel supported by VALIE EXPORT Produced by: VALIE EXPORT, Filmproduction, Vienna


Artwork text

The film shows the psychological and social conditions under which women live in today’s society. Traditional forms of life are crumbling and women are looking for new models of action. “In between the pan shot, the story begins with a horrible repertoire of experimental wounds: abortion, sexual torture, problems finding a job, raising children, past traumata, which have put women in a state of dazed receptivity. This is shown in video images, ugly memories turned on and off like a TV set...” (Gary Indiana)

Lending history
1995 Vienna, AT, Österreichisches Filmmuseum