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In Movement: UNESCO salutes women video artists of the world


"In Movement" is a show that keeps us literally on our toes. It moves - and keeps us moving. Video art is not a normal staples for UNESCO exhibits or shows, although video art has moved since a few years to the centre of many cutting-edge art shows and biennials worldwide. The names of many leading video artists evoke however male accomplishments - if we think only of pioneers like Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola. Yet, the reality is much more diverse - and exciting.

Increasingly, women video artists capture attention and headlines. Names like Shirin Neshat, Vanessa Beecroft, Mariko Mori, Kim Sooja, Mona Hatoum, Sylvie Fleury, Pipilotti Rist, Yoko Ono and many others have steadily moved into the limelight - and often eclipsed their male counterparts in terms of innovation, artistic production, storyline and explicit or implicit messages. Thus, it is appropriate for UNESCO to honour and salute on the occasion of International Women's Day 2004 these pioneers and shooting stars of the international arts scene, hailing from virtually all regions, while at the same time introducing in a systematic manner the UNESCO community at large to this new mode and modality of artistic expression.

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Place/region: UNESCO HQ
Type: Video report
Extract: 6 min. Total length:
Production and personalities:
Director: Kim Airyung
Participant: Ana Laura Aláez, Adriana Arenas Ilian, Maja Bajevic, Vanessa Beecroft, Elisabetta Benassi, Yaël Davids, Sylvie Fleury, Alicia Framis, Mona Hatoum, Runa Islam, Olga Kisseleva, Kimsooja, Ingrid Mwangi, Shirin Neshat, Orlan, Aixa Requena, Salla Tykkä, Minnette Vari
Publisher: UNESCO TV
Coproducer/sponsor: UNESCO Bureau of Strategic Planning
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Library catalogue (UNESDOC): 149531

Original: DVD
Location: F-H.129
UMVS reference: AUD-KMI/KSA/1214
File No: AVFONDS-2004-013912-BSP
Rights holder: UNESCO