Les libertés intérieures, photographie est-allemande (1980-1989) New

Les libertés intérieures, photographie est-allemande (1980-1989)

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, what do we know about East-German photography? Resulting from several years of research led by Sonia Voss in Berlin and several other cities of former G.D.R., this publication presents the work of 16 photographers, still rarely shown outside of their country, that have developed their work during the decade preceding the fall of the Wall.

The economy was crumbling, the country was in free fall, all that was left was to wait for its unavoidable collapse. Boredom, desire for someplace else, impatience – sometimes melancholic, sometimes enraged – were created by this state of repression, uniformisation and the shortage experienced by youth of this time. The existential and artistic strategies are as diverse as the artists that have been through this period: confrontation of social taboos, withdrawal and introspection, evasion through dreams, self reinvention through dressing up and dramatisation. The body is often at the center of their experimentations, drawing from hybridization and performative art to express their thirst for subversion and speed, or to observe faces and bodies in order to ward off their falling apart. In this book, women have an important place reflecting the specificity of their social status in East Germany.

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Exhibition

Rencontres d’Arles
July 1st – September 22, 2019

 

Photographers

Tina Bara, Sibylle Bergemann, Kurt Buchwald, Lutz Dammbeck, Christiane Eisler, Thomas Florschuetz, York der Knoefel, Ute Mahler, Eva Mahn, Sven Marquardt, Barbara Metselaar Berthold, Manfred Paul, Rudolf Schäfer, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Gabriele Stötzer, Ulrich Wüst.

 

Hardcover, 17 x 24 cm

240 pages, 140 B&W photographs

 

Texts (in French)
Sonia Voss

ISBN : 978-2-36511-234-5

39,00 €

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