AAA! (Almost Aged Actionists Anonymous) is an artistic self-help group with the aim of exchanging and developing intervention ideas that can easily be converted into practice by single persons. The interventions and actions deal with realities of women over 40 on the borders of public and private spaces, of legality and with role constructions and clichés.
AAA! was started in the context of the festival Wienwoche in 2018. Actionist ideas and other inspirations from informal meetings have been collected on the AAA!website since then as work-in-process.
A woman is standing alone at the side of the road – is she a hitchhiker, a prostitute, seeking help, fleeing, displaced, lost or deranged? Her looks, anyway, are inconspicuous: apparently local, conventionally dressed, no luggage other than a handbag, aged around 40. She is trying to wave down cars.
Once a cars stops she does not get in but rather tells short excerpts from first-person accounts by women driven into various kinds of dependency through the opened window. The texts are based on the film script of “It Happened Just Before” (Anja Salomonowitz, 2006).
Performance, 22 photographic prints (40x60 cm), additional material (overall sizes variable)
In the “Fasching” (carnival) season people disguise and often hide their faces. A custom that allows different interpretations, depending on the point of view. Thus also an occasion to reflect on dress regulations and conventions, on conformity and role models; about what is familiar or strange /exotic, especially concerning the own “cultural background”.
Carinthia (Austria) as my family’s origin region is the setting for an experiment that inconspicuously confuses stigmatizing tendencies in contemporary image production, involving the local photographer Franziska David who usually works for regional media: The woman dressed in black is a stranger adapting to this and that custom and stands out even more by doing so, her veiled face being a concession to seemingly different, contradictory conventions.