Nana Melling and Anne Mahlow
PRETTY WOMAN / THAT’S NOT MY NAME, a video installation at the intersection of feminist discourse, film, and activism, explores narrative modes and power mechanisms in Hollywood films. In this context, the romanticization and obfuscation of assaultive behavior, sexism, stalking, and sexualized violence plays a central role and is linked to the phenomenon of gaslighting. The project addresses the question: What influence do Hollywood films have on our socialization, on a normalization of role models and behavior patterns? The (almost entirely) male-dominated narrative and the one-sided representation of women are countered by feminist positions. For this ever-expanding archive of feminist counter-narratives, we invite theorists, artists, psychologists, self-defense trainers, and journalists, among others, to share their perspectives in the form of a video contribution.
Pretty Woman / That’s not my name is conceived as a discourse video walk and was adapted as a video installation for the International Women*Theater Festival.
Anne Mahlow works as an artist, playwright and curator. Solo and in various collective contexts, she creates performances, installations and audio walks, which she has already shown at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, Mousonturm Frankfurt, FFT Düsseldorf as well as at the Ruhrtriennale, among others. She is part of the performance collective imaginary company, with which, among others, the performative audio walk Schulausflug was created. In 2016, she founded the Hungry Eyes Festival in Gießen with a focus on film at the crossroads of performance and visual arts, which is collectively directed. Together with Margo Zālīte and Sina-Marie Schneller, Anne Mahlow will be directing the FAVORITEN Festival 2022 and 2024.
Nana Melling works as a director, screenplay writer and trainer for feminist self-defense (Wendo). In various collective contexts, she realizes performances, installations and films, with which she has already been seen at the Volksbühne (Berlin), Zeitraumexit (Mannheim) and the ARENA Festival (Erlangen), among others. In 2017, together with Florentine Seuffert, she founded the collective dunkel.bunt, in which they have been dealing primarily with experimental explanatory formats ever since. In addition to her artistic work, she has completed an education as a Wendo trainer according to the BVfest quality standards.
Aylin Çaka, self-defence trainer and creator of the podcast “Simply No”.
Dami Charf, therapist, trauma activist, author, Wendo trainer
Lisa Charlotte Friederich, actress, screenwriter, director, part of the #ActOut movement
Nhi Le, freelance journalist, speaker, moderator with a focus on feminism and digital media and pop culture
Alicia Lindhoff, self-defence trainer and creator of the podcast “Einfach Nein”, political and business editor as well as a video contribution to the study “Grenzen der Grenzlosigkeit” by Themis, the trust agency against sexual harassment and violence in the film, television and theatre industry
Frauen in Bewegung e.V., martial arts, movement and self-defence
infrau e.V., intercultural counselling and education centre for women, girls and senior citizens
Mafalda, girls’ cultural centre
pro familia, German Society for Family Planning, Sexual Education and Sexual Counselling e.V.
Wildwasser Frankfurt e.V., counselling centre for girls and women – against sexual abuse
Concept, research, curation, editing: Anne Mahlow, Nana Melling
Editing: Janna Pinsker
Equipment / technology / screening station: Sara Hasenbrink
Voice / dramaturgical advice: Asja Mahgoub
Design (map): Jana Bleckmann
A production by Anne Mahlow / Nana Melling, co-produced by Nocturnal Unrest-Festival.
Supported by the City of Frankfurt and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts.