Researching into the history and formation of monstrous femininity and reproductive powers in horror films, Zhang looks into parthenogenetic motherhood: the mother who has the power of reproduction beyond male control. Wrapped in shifting tempo-spatial coordinates, the ghostly belly evokes different associations: would it be a miracle of life, a coffin of an unborn child, a satanic entity or a host of post/transhuman? In contrast to a typical Hollywood “Final Girl”, the characters seem to be haunted by pregnancy itself, entangled with other forms of being.
The Media Art Award of the Kunststiftung Ingvild and Stephan Goetz is a cooperation between the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and the Sammlung Goetz. The prize is to be awarded annually for an initial period of three years and is bestowed on younger artists active in the field of media art in order to help support the creation of new works and strengthen their public perception.
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