Pinakothek der Moderne: Female Trouble – The camera as a mirror and stage of female projection Art and anxiety Tracy Moffat produces art works, which would be inconceivable without their female perspective. Moffat, an Australian of Aboriginal descent, and her view on how the Commonwealth state deals with its indigenous population offer additional material for her picture world. “Scarred for Life” is the title of one of her most well known photo series (1994). She combines each photo with a commentary; through this image-text combination a third view develops for the subaltern, for childhood, and the suppression of sexuality, as well as the abuse, which might have followed. Only three works from this cycle are hung here, three in which girls are the main theme. Another part of “Scarred for Life” would have been “Doll Birth”, showing a boy giving birth to a doll while his male friend takes on the role of the midwife. The accompanying text explains that the mother was so angry that she prohibited her son from ever playing with the neighbours’ boy again. “Doll Birth” is not shown, mainly because the show obviously concentrates on only presenting women or at least people who look like women. They are all here: Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin, Pipilotti Rist and Mathilde ter Heijne, Valie Export and Birgit Jürgenssen, Claude Cahun and Julia Margaret Cameron and Urs Lüthi and Jürgen Klauke. Thomas McEvilley wrote a book in 1991 about art and anxiety titled “Art and discontent”; quite a difference to the German title, which could be translated as “Art and dissatisfaction”. Dissatisfaction: that is exactly what you feel in this exhibit. Pinakothek der Moderne 80333 München, Barer Strasse 40, until 26. 10. 2008 www.pinakothek.de

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