The Body as Prostest

Till 2. December 2012

The exhibition The Body as Protest highlights the photographic representation of the human body – a motif that has provided a wide variety of photographers with an often radical means of expression for their visual protest against social, political, but also aesthetic norms.

The show centers on an outstanding group of works by the artist John Coplans from the holdings of the ALBERTINA Museum. In his serially conceived large-format pictures, the photographer focused on the rendering of his own nude body, which he defamiliarized through fragmentation far from current forms of idealization.

 The body also features prominently in the work of other artists such as Hannah Wilke, Ketty La Rocca, Hannah Villiger, Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Miyako Ishiuchi. By means of these positions, such diverse themes as self-dramatization, conceptual photography, feminism, body language, and even transience are analyzed within an expanded artistic range. Moreover, the exhibition offers a differentiated view of the critical depiction of the human body as it has been practiced since 1970.

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  • Partner BMW

Publication

The Body as Protest | Exhibition catalogue

The body as protest

The exhibition The Body as Protest was devoted to photographic representation of the human body—a motif that served all manner of photographers as an often radical means of visualizing their protest against social, political, and even artistic norms.

Ed. by Klaus Albrecht Schröder & Walter Moser
2012
144 pages
28 x 21 cm | Hardcover
Bilingual (German/English) EUR 15,00