VALIE EXPORT has been an influential and provocative figure on the international art scene for over three decades. Her practice includes film, video, photography, text and performance. Initially expanding the Viennese Actionist project to confront a complex feminist critique of the social and political body, her works achieve a compelling fusion of the visceral and the conceptual.
VALIE EXPORT was born in Austria in 1940. She received a degree in textile design from the Technical School for Textile Industry in Vienna in 1964. EXPORT has had a 2004 retrospective at MAMCO - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland, and solo exhibitions at Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria; Ticho House, Jerusalem; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reine Sofía, Madrid; Centre Pompidou, Paris; NCCA - National Centre for Contemporary Art, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow; Museum of Modern Art Ludwig, Vienna; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; and the Hamburg Arts Center, Hamburg. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Köln, Germany; Performa 9, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain; the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki; Dokumenta 6, Kassel, Germany; and the Galerie Im Taxipalais, Innsbruck, Germany, among others. She has also participated in several international film festivals, including the London, Berlin, Cannes and Hong Kong film festivals. She has taught at the Academy of Visual Arts, Munich, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Currently she is a professor at the Kunsthochschule für Median in Cologne, Germany.
VALIE EXPORT lives in Vienna, Austria and Cologne, Germany.