Evamaria Schaller: Die Wilderin vom Montafon [The Poacher from Montafon], 2011

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A Man with a rifle
Evamaria Schaller, »Die Wilderin vom Montafon«, 2011
© Evamaria Schaller
Date: 2011
Material/Technique: Super 16mm, Super 8mm, color, sound, 16:9
Copyright: ©​ KHM | Evamaria Schaller | 2011
The case of a female poacher in Montafon caused a stir at the beginning of the 1990s in Austria, also because a woman because a woman had actively penetrated the mythically charged male domain of illicit hunting. She was eventually charged. The artist succeeded in tracking down the former poacher so as to discover more about the story. A young woman (portrayed by the artist herself) carries out domestic activities in a mountain cabin; she makes a fire and kneads dough. The meditative view becomes surreal when she begins hanging out raw meat on a washing line, and wrapping herself to a tree in plastic foil. An older woman is accompanied while hunting; her shot finally shatters the characteristic “Heimat film idyll” of alpine landscapes.
Evamaria Schaller
Evamaria Schaller (born in Graz, 1980) studied at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts, at FAMU Academy of Film and Television at the Academy of Preforming Art in Prague, and in Salzburg and Graz. She works primarily with performance, film and installation. Her works have been exhibited on several occasions at the Videonale in Bonn, as well as at the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, and the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.
Text and Biography: Sophie Leschik