NARCISSISM

N A R C I S S I S M – The Auto-Erotic Images.
Photo book and documentary feature about gender, narcissism and self-love

Part 1 of the project:

The photo book is available now at Prinz Eisenherz bookstore, you can also order it online, also from abroad! Also available at Laura Méritt’s “Exclusivitaeten” shop and c/o Berlin Bookshop. Or directly here on the website!

Layout: Igor Sovilj, foreword by Ivan Crozier, review by Manuela Kay. 192 pages with texts and photos of the protagonists. Language: English – *deutsche Übersetzung hier auf der Webseite*

Part 2 of the project:

The film was the Opening Film and won the Best Documentary award of the Berlin Pornfilmfestival 2022 and was shown at Moviemento cinema and Babylon Kreuzberg cinema.

Screening at Babylon Kreuzberg – photo: Axel Karlsson Rixon

Festival screenings:

Pornfilmfestival Berlin (Opening Film, Best Documentary award)
Secs Film Fest, Seattle (US), (Opening Film)
38. LGBT Film Festival, Ljubljana (SVN)
Excentrico Fest, Santiago (CHL), (Closing Film)
Porn Film Festival Vienna (AUT)
Queer Film Festival Weimar (DE)
POST PxRN Film Festival, Warszaw (PL)
Hacker Film Festival, Rome (IT)
Queere Filmwoche Leipzig (DE)
Exblicks – presented by Exberliner magazine, Berlin (DE)
Kissable Screens, Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam (NL)

Poster NARCISSISM - Best Documentary
Poster available, premium print, size Din A1

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Subtitles in English, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish available

About:

How do we look into the mirror?
Do we allow ourselves a narcissistic or even covetous view?
And how is it influenced by our gender and socialisation:
Are we able to love ourselves and our reflection?
And why do lesbians often have an especially difficult relationship with narcissism?

These are some of the questions Toni Karat is exploring in this project, by capturing each protagonist‘s intimate view in the mirror at an old and untouched attic from 1929 …
A playground and projection screen for border crossers of all shades!

Cinematography, editing, score
Toni Karat

Editing and dramaturgy consultant
Katharina Voßwebsite

Voice coach
Boris Steinbergwebsite

Subtitling consultant
Eddy Falconerwebsite

Interview partners in the film:
Birgit Bosold – Certified investment coach, PhD culture warrior and a white, old, cis-female, sometimes wise and often also grumpy butch.
Del LaGrace Volcano – Artist, Activist, Interventionist – website
Eric Shen – Artist, Performer
Krista Beinstein – Photographer, Artist – website
Kristina Marlen – Sexworker, Sex Educator, Bondage Expert – website
Lexi Dark – Siren, Provocateur, Colonizer – instagram
Maja Buhmann – Writer, Gendernaut
Marit Östberg – Filmmaker
Ruben María – Musician, Manager
Walter Crasshole – Author, Journalist

The photos in the film:
Adam instagram
Boris Steinberg – Chanson Singer and Lyricist – website; youtube
Carlos Raìz – queer and sex-positive Performer/Filmmaker
Claudia Mattai Del Moro
Dennis Deep – Sexworker – website; Twitter/Instagram: @dennisdeep_de
Eddy Falconer – Artist, Filmmaker – website
Emy Fem – Pornographer and sexpositive Activist, Dyke, Diesel Femme – website
Franko Maria – Artist
Friedrich Kreuz – Writer, Historian, Porn Performer – twitter
Jasko Fide – Porn Performer
Jo Pollux – Erotic Photo-/Videographer – website
Joaquin La Habana Reyes – The Latino Performing Artist – website
Kjellfacebook
Magda Albrecht – Author, Speaker on body norms, Musician – website; instagram
Mahide Lein – Cultural Mediator – website
Morten Bäcker – Media and Social Scientist, Gender and Queer Researcher – instagram
Orlando – Filmmaker, Teacher, Artist
Paulita Pappel – Porn Producer and Director
Pierre Emö – Performer
Romy Alizée – Artist, proud Fem Dyke, Sexworker and Performer – website
Sun Komarova-Koltzer – Singer, Writer
Theo Meow – Filmmaker, Sexworker, Freelance Writer – website
Tollkirsche

All protagonists are also in the accompanying photo book

Additional shoots for the photo book:
Anastasia Biefang – Activist and Columnist, trans*, queer – instagram
Annet CJ
AfroDisiac – Artist – instagram
Eric Le Rouge – Curator – website
RTALIN – Musician and Performer, Antichrist – website

Interview about the NARCISSISM project with Kitty Hawk, ‘SIEGESSÄULE’ Magazin, Berlin

Interview in English click here

Interview auf deutsch:

Toni Karat – Interview with Siegessäule magazine

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Preview of the NARCISSISM project at the group show inBetween at instinct.berlin:

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Radio feature with Franko María and Toni Karat about the NARCISSISM project (in German):

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Toni Karat’s intermediate statement:
„… Deeper and deeper, and deeper, and deeper …“
I‘m in the middle of my new project ‘N A R C I S S I S M – The Auto-Erotic Images‘ – and also in a kind of turmoil …
It‘s a photobook and documentary about narcissism and self-love – and I have to admit that the idea came out of a gut feeling and so I plunged into it without knowing exactly why (as so often).
I especially liked the idea of being a servant to the protagonists, aiming to capture their intimate and genuine view into the mirror. Listening to their stories – about their personal journeys, struggles, desires, fantasies …
Taking myself back as a photographer and interviewer as much as possible. Holding back. Staying in the background. As always.
And it has been overwhelming: Thank you to the awesome participants – I am deeply impressed what you all are willing to share in front of the camera. You also made me realise what my very personal thing is with narcissism and self-love and also that all of a sudden I‘m dealing with issues I didn‘t even know they exist.
Have I been on the wrong track so far? It‘s clear now: I, too, have to come out of the woods in this project and I will. No holding back. Intriguing.

More news about my work – like screenings and exhibitions you can find here

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