Ulrike Ottinger

Madame X – Eine absolute Herrscherin

Kirchgasse Galerie | May 04 – June 22, 2019

The kirchgasse gallery shows photographs by Ulrike Ottinger in the context of her film MADAME X: AN ABSOLUTE RULER.
"Madame X. An absolute ruler" was created in 1978 on Lake Constance and tells the story of the Chinese pirate queen "Madame X". "GOLD - LOVE - ADVENTURE", seductive words, originated from the trivial myth of everyday life, promises Madame X, a strict relentless beauty, the uncrowned and cruel ruler of the Chinese sea, in an appeal to all women who are willing to exchange their comfortable and safe, but almost unbearably monotonous everyday life for a world full of dangers and insecurity, but also full of love and adventure.
A German forester, Josephine de Collage, the European artist, receives this call from the pirate queen; Betty Brillo, American housewife, the psychologist Carla Freud-Goldmund, the photo model Blow Up, the bush pilot Omega Zentauri and Noa-Noa, the woman from the South Pacific. So the team comes together as a female crew of the junk and goes under the command of the imperious "Madame X". This is followed by passionate scenes full of eroticism, jealousy and murderous conflicts. When the ship comes back on land, all figures appear transformed.

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