„VALIE EXPORT and archives of performance art“: a conversation between Anja Foerschner and Marta Jovanovic

In this event, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade and sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Italian Cultural Institute Belgrade, artist Marta Jovanovic and I discuss the work of internationally renowned Austrian artist Valie EXPORT, and the importance of the archive for the discipline of performance art. We are looking at selected examples of early performances executed by EXPORT during the 1960s and 1970s, and discuss her feminist agenda against the backdrop of the conservative cultural climate of postwar Austria. In addition, we examine how the time-and site-specific experience of performance art is translated into physical material with sustainability. We are investigating the relation of physical remains to ephemeral artistic practice, their meaning for the inscription into art history, and ways of use for artists, scholars, and curators.