"Beauty on the Edge" Short Movie
STEFANIE SIXT (VIDEO) MARTINA CLAUSSEN (COMPOSITION)

"Beauty on the Edge" addresses imposed behavioral codes, clichés, and limitations placed on women. Sixt visualizes the process of breaking away from societal expectations regarding life choices and appearances.

For her, beauty is the experience of connecting the inner self with an unlimited, formless entity. The true self has no boundaries. Thus, she metaphorically breaks through her second skin, allowing areas of her body, coated with dried healing clay, to successively crack and peel off.

The film was developed in collaboration with electroacoustic experimental sound artist Martina Claussen. Does transience signify an awareness of one's own finitude with all its consequences, the aging process on one hand, but also the attainment of inner maturity on the other? "Transience for me includes a certain melancholy, a drama, and at the same time, a liberation. This multifacetedness interests me greatly," says Claussen.

In Stefanie Sixt's video work, objects and materials are repurposed and placed in a new context. Used breast implants, for example, are transformed into artistic tools, serving as "Objet Trouvé." They become the starting point for visual experiments, a vehicle for bodily alienation, thus reversing their original meaning into the absurd: a body shaped by norms and societal expectations, altered to the point of deformation.

BEAUTY ON THE EDGE
AUDIOVISUAL INSTALLATION
NEUE GALERIE IM HÖHMANNHAUS, Augsburg  
12.04.2024 – 02.06.2024
KOLLEKTIV MIT MARTINA CLAUSSEN (KOMPOSITION/WIEN), KERSTIN SKRINGER (MALEREI, MÜNCHEN), LYDIA DAHER (TEXT, AUGSBURG)
Eröffnung 11.04., 19H
Begrüßung: Thomas Elsen, Kurator der Neuen Galerie im Höhmannhaus

Artist Talk 12.04., 19h MIT LIVE PERFORMANCE


Mit dem Projekt 'Beauty on the Edge' formulieren die Künstlerinnen Martina Claussen (Sound), Kerstin Skringer (Malerei), Lydia Daher (Foto/Text) und Stefanie Sixt (Video) im Rahmen einer Audiovisuellen Installation ihre Positionen zu gesellschaftlichen Erwartungshaltungen und von Klischees bestimmten Normen für Frauen. Welche unsichtbaren, verdrängten und entwerteten Realitäten spielen sich an den Rändern dieser Normen ab? In einem dialogischen kreativen Prozess mischen sich die Künstlerinnen in aktuelle Diskussionen ein (z.B. um Sorgearbeit, Stellenwert des Äußeren versus des Inneren) und schaffen eine Ausstellung, in der sich Erlebtes und Gelebtes, Privates und Politisches verweben.

/"With the project 'Beauty on the Edge,' the artists Martina Claussen (Sound), Kerstin Skringer (Painting), Lydia Daher (Photo/Text), and Stefanie Sixt (Video) articulate their positions on societal expectations and norms for women defined by stereotypes. What invisible, suppressed, and devalued realities unfold at the margins of these norms? In a dialogical creative process, the artists engage in current discussions (e.g., about care work, the importance of appearance versus inner qualities) and create an exhibition where lived experiences intertwine with the personal and the political."

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