artist statement

My work can be described as playful research on the aesthetics of bodily phenomena in regard to the invention and the role of photography as a document of staged performance.

In my previous works, I have examined the subject of hysteria and fainting with a particular emphasis on the role of women in the late 19th century. One main aspect was to explore the body language of staged ‘decorative’ poses. Many of the works are based on imagery and writing from around the the beginning of photography in reference to science, including those of Jean Martin Charcot, Sigmund Freud or Charles Darwin. A lot of my theoretical research is based on texts by George Didi-Hubermann, Elisabeth Bronfen and Philippe Dubois.
In other works, I focused on the sculptural moment of powerlessness and transitory transition of the conscious into the unconscious state.

Currently I am working about the topic of hypnosis in regard to studies by L.Loewenfeld, Marquis de Puységur, Charles Richet, Richard von Krafft-Ebing and the wonderful imagery by Dr. Freiherr v. Schrenk-Notzing.

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