Astrid Klein

Galerie Magers, Galerie Schneider

Two things largely ignored today in the work of young artists—or what of it filters through the media—are the medium of photography and the attitude of socially critical engagement. Nonetheless, Astrid Klein has attained notable recognition in both regards. The title of an exhibition of her work in Berlin in 1983, “Suggestive Bilder” (Suggestive images), well describes her large-format black and white photographs, which combine analytical thought with emotional intensity both formally and in terms of their content. This latest exhibition, in Bonn (and later repeated in somewhat different form in Konstanz), used dramatic suggestion and “death-intoxicated” images to attack the enduring status quo of dehumanization.

Klein may take her material from the daily diet offered by the media, or she may make her own photographs, also in the usual style of media consumerism. In the darkroom pieces of

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