courtesy: Janaina TSCHÄPE


ArtistJanaina TSCHÄPE
Material/ TechniqueSingle Channel Video Installation, DVD, sound
Size/ Duration20 min.
Copyright Notice© Janaina TSCHÄPE
Year of acquisition/ donation2005
DescriptionBorn in Munich, Germany in 1973. Lives and works in New York, USA.

Janaina Tschäpe’s German father and Brazilian mother named her Janaina after a Brazilian water goddess. Appropriately, she makes myth-like, allegorical works on the themes of water and the ocean. Using diverse media, including photography, video and drawing, Tschäpe employs sculptural costumes to transform the female body, and, by making it blend into the natural landscape, she creates mysterious spectacles that seem halfway between dream and reality.

This is a video work in the documentary style in which Tschäpe has interviewed four women who live in a slum area of Rio de Janeiro. She created this work while staying in the slum and holding workshops for women there. The four women each think about what they would like to become, make costumes to suit those new images of themselves and then wear those costumes. The women’s reasons for choosing images such as ‘the sun’ and ‘robot/machine,’ and their own life histories are narrated in a fragmentary way. One sequence that leaves a particularly vivid impression is when they relate their experiences and thoughts on the life of women while a mix of real and fantastical imagery fills the screen.