I get it (abuse victim, self-harm, etc.), but don’t let this be your first Valie Export. Compared to her other works (which I think are much more thoughtful and innovative) this comes across as the art of a provocateur trying too hard. She’s better than that.
ravaging experience for mighty hearts only, there was one single thing i couldn't get out of my mind while watching - the largescale granny photo which will appear 3 years later in the opening night, haunting and tormenting gena and representing the topic of middle age, depression / valie export exploits a largescale poster of agonizing kids
SSSS! Ouch! A woman cuts her cuticles to the point of bleeding in front of a blown-up photograph of two molested children. The area is sparse and you have no choice but to look at the mutilation, both internal and external, while a rhythmic beating keeps the time and draws you in. "Powerfully evocative" would be the term for this, as well as "not for the faint of heart."