ME, MYSELF & I
Sieben Fotografinnen über sich selbst
Isabelle Graeff » Lucy Hilmer » Katarzyna Majak » Emily Peacock » Petra Rautenstrauch » Jana Romanova » Alena Zhandarova »
Exhibition: – 31 Jan 2013
Thu 25 Oct 19:00
The self-portrait is the biggest challenge that an artist can take on. The exhibition, "Me, Myself & I", presents seven contemporary positions on how a woman can approach the enterprise of the self-portrait as a photographic artist: starting on the conceptual rather than the documentary side, enacted and performed several times, with an epistemological view, or borrowing visual arrangements from well-known works by other photographers.
The variety of digital image recording devices available—which are presently not only in the form of cameras, but are available practically everywhere at any time, whether they are built into computers, mobile phones, etc.—encourage us, alongside photographers and artists, to constantly produce our own self-portraits and to show them on the internet and social media platforms for a whole audience to view. If one is so inclined, one can reinvent one’s identity in pictures ad infinitum.
Isabelle Graeff (born in Heidelberg/Germany in 1977, lives and works in Berlin) investigates her own identity in her long-term work, "My Mother and I", by contrasting it with that of her mother—of whom she is the spitting image. Her work has been referred to as "an illustrated atlas of self-reflexive expressions and explorations, imbued with the desire to experience herself as someone else", and as "unadorned", demonstrating "the border between facade and true identity" Mascha Kuchejda (FAZ).
Lucy Hilmer (born in Washington, USA, in 1945, lives and works in San Francisco) documented herself in the same outfit on every birthday for the last 40 years, which, after all this time, has resulted in a revealing “birthday suit”. She started the annual ritual at the age of 29. More or less by chance, the first image of the series, taken in lollypop panties, shoes, and socks, emerged during the process of getting completely undressed. She immediately recognized this as the best of all her self-portraits and decided to stick with this image from then on.