Rist’s well-developed technique of mixing the personal, the pop and the mass cultural are distilled in this short work. Against a backdrop of tranquil Swiss alpine scenes, a small window presents a graphic record of human birth. This sequence, unsentimentally depicting what has historically symbolized female difference and power, insistently draws attention from the contemplative natural views beyond. The visual confrontation is suggestive of the ways in which different kinds of images are mystified through representation. —http://www.eai.org
Elisabeth Charlotte Rist (born June 21, 1962 in Grabs, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland) is a well-known video artist. She lives and works in Zurich and Los Angeles.
Elisabeth Charlotte Rist was born in 1962 in Grabs, Sankt Gallen, in Switzerland. Since her childhood she has been nicknamed Pipilotti. The name refers to the novel Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.
Rist studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Vienna, through 1986. She later studied video at the School of Design (Schule für Gestaltung) in Basel, Switzerland. In 1997 her work was first featured in the Venice Biennial, where she was awarded the Premio 2000 Prize. From 1988 through 1994 she was member of the music band and performance group Les Reines Prochaines. From 2002 to 2003, she was invited by Professor Paul McCarthy to teach at UCLA as a visiting faculty member. From 2005 to 2009 she worked on her first feature film, Pepperminta.
During her studies Pipilotti Rist began making… read more