Constanza (Germany), 1942. Artist, film director and photographer and one of the key figures in the so-called New German Cinema (Neue Deutsche Welle), a movement which redefined national, political and cultural identity through its attitude and films in the 1970s. Alongside Fassbinder and Werner Schroeter, Ottinger incorporates sexuality, the body and music as identifying features of that new youth, thus breaking with and stretching the conventions of a cinema in search of meaning. It is important to point out her ability to move from one discipline to another, from cinema to photography, from photography to literature, from literature to drawing. Her confidence in the art as a tool for getting rid of conventions and boundaries is one of her beliefs. She has made 24 films and her style has ranged from pictorial fiction –controversial and ground-breaking in her early work– to the purest documentary approach, making some of her films oriental travel journals.
Interview: Leire San Martin / Sahatsa Jauregi
Leire San Martin Goikoetxea works in education and programming in the field of contemporary artistic production. She is in charge of the Education department at Tabakalera since 2014. Together with Sara Martín has also set up the Tratado de Paz pedagogical programme, a project run by Pedro G. Romero. With Josebe Iturrioz she coordinates Feministaldia, the Feminist Culture Festival, promoted by Plazandreok. Sahatsa Jauregi Azkarate has been actively working as an artist, specifically in the field of sculpture. She has designed and coordinated many exhibitions. Together, they organised in 2014 the Superbia. Ulrike Ottingerren 8 film season.