LOCATION: bathroom; By my side
Katrina Daschner (*1973, Germany), a German artist living in Vienna, primarily sees her newer video installations Hafenperlen, Aria de Mustang and Flaming Flamingoes (2008-2011) in the context of “neo-burlesque”, although the related theme of “self-determination through looks and actions” can already be found in her earlier works. Her works are characterised by the idea of performance as a kind of sexualised play in the exhibition space. Daschner found a like-minded artist in Renate Bertlmann, with whom she exhibits together. She ran the performance space Salon Lady Chutney together with Johanna Kirsch and Stefanie Seibold in 2001- 2002. She has been organising the Club Burlesque Brutal in the brut Theater Vienna as Frau Professor La Rose since 2003, and she was a member of the performance band SV Damenkraft. From 2005 to 2010 Katrina Daschner taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships.
In the photo-collage LOCATION: bathroom we see women with pink, crocheted objects on their bodies: penis bras, dick masks and willy panties. They are not alone – other women with false beards, sanitary pads stuck on their heads like bandages, plasters on their faces, false hair and headscarves, join them as vaudevillian support. Only in By my side do the figures leave the interior space and enjoy the view of a holiday beach.
Courtesy Galerie Krobath and Katrina Daschner