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After the Transformation

After the Transformation
Video installation, colour/sound, 15:52, 2013.

„After the Transformation“ shifts our notions of transformation. Hoffner places the event of her video work precisely not in Eastern Europe after 1989, but adresses first of all a different transformation, the changes of voice and body in the discoursive field „transgender“. The reduced setting, a voice training between a trainer and a client/patient gets soon highly complex. Hoffner uses the separation of voice and body, image and sound, the unclear and complicated speaking positions in the text, as well as several layers of time to confront the audience with various questions – about their images of gender, the interest of state and medical institutions on gender identity, the relation between service and consumption and the possibility to change one’s own gender identity. In the end, surprisingly and almost as a side track of the story, another questions appears, a question about the relation of gender transformation and transformation after 1989. This framing allows Hoffner to evoke images which are usually not connotated with Eastern European history. The queering intervention in memory happens in this work first of all through the surprising and strategicly placed desire for a „time after the transformation“, which leaves institutional norms and norms of remembrance behind it. Furthermore, Hoffner suggests with her work to use forgetting and repression of painful events as subversive tactics, which are carefully differentiated from exclusion and repression of specific memories.

Text: Renate Lorenz

Photos: Yasmina Haddad
Voice coach: Iris Gattol
Sound: Lenja Gathmann
Concept, script und postproduction: Ana Hoffner