Magazine article Artforum International

Katrina Daschner

Magazine article Artforum International

Katrina Daschner

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KROBATH

For Katrina Daschner, it's always showtime. The artist, born in 1973 in Hamburg, recently received the Otto Mauer Prize, the most important award for contemporary art that Austria has to offer, given by the Archdiocese of Vienna in memory of a priest and cathedral pastor. The work of this artist is anything but pious, however. She based her 2005 project Dolores on Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita and went on to found the band SV DAMENKRAFT (Lady Power Sports Club) before campaigning for radical performative practice in the Salon Lady Chutney she founded in Vienna, and belly dancing in such art institutions as Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and La Panaderia in Mexico City as well as various Austrian venues. She is also known for making crochet dildos and hosting the CLUB BURLESQUE BRUTAL, where her alter ego Frau Professor la Rose discourses on topics like "Boobs and Balls" and "La Tristesse." Daschner has lately been at work on the videos that make up her film trilogy, whose first two episodes--HAFENPERLEN (Harbor Pearls), 2008, and ARIA DE MUSTANG, 2009--were shown at lesbian and gay film festivals from London to Lisbon.

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For her recent show "Flamingo Massacre," Daschner fitted out Krobath with a theatrical set consisting of a revolving circular stage with knives all around it, circus and vaudeville props, a psychedelically painted rotating disc in the style of Duchamp's Rotoreliefs, and a black curtain made of a snazzy tinselly fabric and labeled LAS VEGAS. Flamingo Massacre, 2011, a flashy C-print film still showing performers dressed in glamorous red outfits and knee-length manga wigs in different colors hung kitty-corner to the glittery curtain, drawing attention to the forthcoming final installment of Daschner's film project, for which the stage set presented in the show serves as a film set. …

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