Fiona Rukschcio’s films, collages, and projects examine the roles assigned to women, the identities they project and others impose on them, and seemingly archaic and emotional liminal experiences. By combining research and documentary materials with her own subjectively tinged perceptions, the artist develops a heterogeneous visual language in which archival matter, the aesthetic of everyday life, and trash culture clash.
The music video Carneval of Senseless (2011), for example, addresses the function the stereotypical girl’s dream about horses has in the formation of identity; Im Ernstfall ist alles anders (In an emergency, everything is different, 2005), meanwhile, looks at the marginalized role women played in a fire brigade, a classical boys’ club, during World War II and traces the consequences this work had for their later lives. In several other works, Fiona Rukschcio interrogates and stages herself and her role as a female artist in society. In Gaspard Ziegler – Porträt mit Uhr (Gaspard Ziegler—Portrait with watch, 2008/2009), she investigates the resemblance between herself and a man’s portrait in a historic photograph; for her Fiona-Projekt (working title), which she has developed since 2007, she has founded an open network, creating portraits of other artists who share her first name.
Fiona Rukschcio was born in Vienna in 1972 and lives and works in Vienna.
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