The video This Year‘s Girl by İpek Hamzaoğlu, Laura Nitsch and Sophie Thun deals with the modes of production for and in the context of the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019. They focus on the specific aspects of the desire to be part of, to be related to, to belong to and to be excluded from the Venice Biennale, while also tackling their own entanglements and participation in these mechanisms. Embedded in queer-feminist practices, their work documents, comments, distorts and (de-) construct the (symbolic) development process of the Austrian Pavilion.
Admiration and desire for one another as well as for the material and technical devices is inherent in every image we see. The camera / the technical eye; the gaze / the human eye is often sliding. We see long glances, busy hands and gestures, queer flirtations between humans as well as non-humans: A fag god shirt plays an important role, so too does a glamorous pink shower curtain.
Single-channel video, HD, Mini-DV digitalized, 52’, 2020
Directing/Camera/Editing: İpek Hamzaoğlu, Laura Nitsch, Sophie Thun
Additional Camera: Katharina Aigner
Sound Editor: Theda Schifferdecker
Re-recording Mixer: Lenja Gathmann
Music by: Mala Sirena
Appearances: Katharina Aigner, Ana Berlin, Renate Bertlmann, Reinhold Bertlmann, Leander Gussmann, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Daniela Kammerer, Laura Nitsch, Jule Saupe, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, Sophie Thun and Mala Sirena
Supported by: Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, Wien Holding, Stadt Wien, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna