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Evamaria Schaller [Videonale.14]

*1980, in Graz AUT, lives and works in Cologne GER
Studied at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, AUT and Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln GER

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012  Madrid Experimental Cinema Week, Madrid ESP

          Festival Les Instant Vidéo, Marseille FRA

          Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe GER

2011  A Festival for Video and Digital culture – Machine Raum, Veijle Art Museum DEN

          Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn GER

          Moltkerei Werkstatt Cologne GER [S]

2010  Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn GER

          Art Cologne, Cologne GER

2009  Vogelsang Intervention, Eifel Vogelsang GER

          Projekt Finster, Cologne GER


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Die Wilderin von Montafon, 2011, 21:20 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.14]

The eye tracks across a mountain panorama, from afar it fixes on the details of a cabin, bird song can be heard. The first scene in Eva Maria Schaller’s “Die Wilderin von Montafon” (The poacher of Montafon) shows a picturesque idyll. Pictures of mountains, wild rivers and green forests run through the whole film. Nature is the defining motif and in places the film is reminiscent of a “Heimatfilm” (homeland film). These idylls are interrupted by surreal scenes in which a young woman binds herself to a tree using cling film, or runs through the wood wearing antlers, just like a hunted deer. The protagonist does not merely live in the middle of nature, she literally merges with it. Documentary-like scenes, in which an older huntress appears, are edited into this surreal tale. The hunting scenes of the younger and the older woman are woven into a puzzling storyline whose incongruent visual language is reinforced by the use of various film formats. Close-ups of water, hide, meat and wood give the film a strong haptic effect. The artist, who is also the actress, examines the historical figure of the Wilderin von Montafon, who was active in the Austrian mountains in the 1980s. Since it was not possible to depict the poacher herself, the artist interpreted the events after her own fashion.

Stefanie Maria Weisshorn

Evamaria Schaller [ Videonale.14 ]