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Susan Mogul

Organisational Units
Fine Arts
Location Description
Schillerplatz 3
1010 Vienna
room 116, 1.floor

Lecture with Susan Mogul as part of the IBK-lecture series, organised by Carola Dertnig.

Susan Mogul is an American artist known for her contributions to video art, performance, photography, and installation art. The central theme of her art revolves around memoir with a feminist perspective. Her works are distinguished by their conceptual rigor and infused with a delightful sense of humor. 
To explore more of Mogul's works, we cordially invite you to have a look at the Filmmuseum program on April 24th and 25th.
In 1973 I moved to Los Angeles, 3,000 miles from home, to be part of a radical feminist art movement: first at CalArts and then at the Woman’s Building. The rallying slogan, “the personal is the political”, allowed me to identify and develop what came naturally to me - satire and storytelling. The emergence of the video Portopack at that moment in time was the perfect medium for my narratives about women’s everyday experiences. 
The DIY (do it yourself) ethos of the Woman’s Building gave me the impetus to make work that challenged the white walls of the art world throughout my career: from a live performance in a working Hollywood soda fountain (1979) to a guerilla poster campaign on the streets of Los Angeles in 2011.
Having been involved with video since the early 1970s, Susan Mogul is a pioneer of the medium. Initially producing an important series of humorous and staunchly feminist performance videos, her practice quickly expanded to more complicated and experimental forms of narrative, including feature length work. In 2019 her work dramatically shifted from filmmaking to gallery and museum installations. These recent installations blend 20th century visual culture with her personal history: for example, a memoir/showroom about matrilineal lineage comprised of shopping bags, furniture and apparel.