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Valie Export «Rounding off»
Valie Export, «Rounding off», 1976
Photograph: H. Hendrich | ©

 Valie Export
«Rounding off»

In a series of photographic 'body configurations', geometric figures such as circles, lines and squares serve Valie Export as reference points and counterpoles to the body – as seen in this mimetic convergence and matching of the curve of the body to the abstract and rational 'roundness' of an architectural element. This process deflates the body to the status of a spatial component, nothing more than an element in a lifeless sculpture, an element which, in Valie Export's words, 'hides its wound'. At the same time, however, this configuration of body and environment also visualizes an internal state.