Housewives Making Drugs, 2017
Mary Maggic’s video is a fictional TV show in which the two trans-femme hosts, Maria and Maria, teach the viewers how to make their own hormones in the kitchen. With a lot of irony, this video examines, in a way reminiscent of Martha Rosler’s video Semiotics of the Kitchen, the representation of sexuality in the media and the norms that define sexual identities in our society, and interrogates the pressures on individuals to submit to hormone treatment. Choosing the kitchen as a battleground, Mary Maggic speculates about a world with less discrimination and greater autonomy for everyone.
Venue: Photoforum Pasquart
Mary Maggic (US), born in 1991 in Los Angeles, lives and works in Vienna. They is a non-binary artist working within the fuzzy intersections of transfeminist hacking, body/gender politics and eco-alienations. They have participated in several international venues including Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Transmediale; Berlin), Never Apart (Sight+Sound Festival; Montreal), Haus der elektronischen Kunst (Basel), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Institute of Contemporary Arts (Post-Cyberfeminist International; London), Spring Workshop (Hong Kong) and CKSTER Gender Hacking Festival (Berne). Mary Maggic is a recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in Hybrid Arts (2017) and a 10-month Fulbright research award in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019).