Hannah Villiger

Blancpain Art Contemporain

Hannah Villiger’s art combines a sculptural fascination with volume, space, light, and texture with an interest in photography’s mediation of perception. Beginning in the mid ’70s, Villiger made Minimalistinspired sculptures out of wood or Plexiglas while photographing process-oriented phenomena, such as the trajectory in space of a burning palm leaf or the action-reaction of metal balls hitting each other during a game of pétanque. Since 1980, she has concentrated primarily on photographing her own naked body with a Polaroid camera. Villiger enlarges these images to a uniform format, mounts them on aluminum plates, and presents these works either individually or in gridlike blocks of between two and fifteen photographs. Retaining her sculptor’s eye in her representations of the human form in space, Villiger takes her own body as an architectonic structure, which, due to the inherent

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