Mika Rottenberg: Chasing Waterfalls (The Rise and Fall of the Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters), 2006

Women Video Work(s)

Women Video Work(s)
Woman in front of a waterfall
Mika Rottenberg, »Chasing Waterfalls«, 2006
© Mika Rottenberg
Date: 2006
Material/Technique: Video, color, sound
Julia Stoschek Collection Düsseldorf
Copyright: © Mika Rottenberg
The seven Sutherland sisters were a circus attraction in nineteenth century North America, and were famous for their long hair, which extended down to the ground. They achieved wealth by marketing a hair growing tonic, which apparently contained the spray mist of the Niagara Falls. The protagonists consciously applied their extraordinary physical abilities for the purposes of profit maximization, and their success is emblematic of the “American dream”. This form of value creation by way of the productivity of one’s own body explodes a sphere hitherto perceived as “feminine” by its simultaneous public presence, and the sisters’ offensive entrepreneurship.
Mika Rottenberg
Mika Rottenberg (born in Buenos Aires, in 1976) studied at the Hamidrasha School of Art, at Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, Israel, at the School of Visual Arts New York, and at Columbia University. Her works have been exhibited, among other things, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, at the San Francisco MoMA and at Maison Rouge in Paris. Her elaborate installations comprise surreal videos depicting the process of work production and overproduction in pseudo-industrial supply chains.
On Loan from Julia Stoschek Collection
Text and Biography: Sophie Leschik