F.F.A.L. #5 F.F.A.L. #5, Detail F.F.A.L. #5, Installationsansicht

In Fake Female Artist Life # 5 verleiht Mathilde ter Heijne ihr Aussehen und ihre Stimme dem fiktiven Charakter von Madonna, die in Wei Huis umstrittenem Roman Shanghai Baby (New York, 2001) eine ehemalige Prostituierte ist, die Künstlerin werden wollte. Bis 2003 war Shanghai Baby in China durch die kommunistische Partei wegen seiner ausdrücklichen sexuellen Szenen verboten. Textfragmente aus dem chinesischen Original werden vom Dummy gesprochen.

Diese Arbeit wurde gezeigt
Any Day Now, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 2011
Any Day Now, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 2010
Lügen.nirgends – Zwischen Fiktion und Dokumentation, Ausstellungshalle für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster, 2008
Shanghai Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, 2006

Text, der vom Dummy gesprochen wird
F.F.A.L # 5 (Madonna)
…I wanted to be an artist from early age on. Later I took artists as lovers…
…When I remember scenes from my life, it really seems like a previous incarnation. A simple title captures it: “Beauty and the beast.” And I did master the principles of how to domesticate a man. Maybe when I get old I’ll write a book just for women, teaching them how to interpret a man’s mind and understand his worst habits. To kill a snake, you have to strike it below the head but above the belly. Men also have pressure points where they’re vulnerable. Young women nowadays my mature earlier, and they’re tougher and braver than we were, but women still get the short end of the stick in many ways…
…When you get down to it, the social system still devalues the needs of women and doesn’t support their efforts to recognize their self-worth…
…Girls who are street-smart are put down as crude, and those who are gentler are treated like empty-headed flower vessels…
…Anyway, girls need to improve their minds. Being a bit smarter doesn’t hurt. What do you think of my figure, still attractive? Well?…
…I adore myself. The older and more tired I get, the more I adore myself…
…I’ve got a lot of money, but I am ugly, aren’t I?…

Quelle
Wei Hui, Shanghai Baby, New York, 2001