Body of Truth
How do experiences with violence, war and suppression affect an artist's work? German director Evelyn Schels offers an in-depth answer to this question by exploring the lives and works of four famous female artists: Marina Abramović, Sigalit Landau, Katharina Sieverding and Shirin Neshat. Different as these artists' backgrounds may be, all four women have chosen to express their art through the most intimate medium they possess: their own bodies.
Pain and suffering, constant fear of terror, past and present fascism, the prevailing inequality in an Islamic society; often resulting from political conflicts, these are the issues determining the work of Yugoslavian-born Abramović, Israeli Landau, German Sieverding and exiled Iranian-born Neshat. Through the vulnerable body they define these issues in a precise artistic language. Schels shows how and in doing so makes their art accessible on an emotional level.