Maria Hahnenkamp

Galerie Fotohof

Given the image on the invitation for Maria Hahnenkamp’s recent show, one could easily have been disappointed by the work in the gallery. The card depicted a young blonde woman, heavily made-up, her lips slightly parted and her gaze focused on something mysterious and inviting outside the picture frame. In short, this was a provocative image of an “attractive” and “erotic” woman, reminiscent of media and advertising images. Inside the gallery one’s first impression was radically different: white walls, white frames, white pictures, almost suggesting that one was about to enter into a formal discourse regarding “the image.”

The work that provided the best antidote to this was Untitled, 1991–96, one of the works Maria Hahnenkamp has been producing since 1991 by sewing together photographs with the images rubbed out. Though this rectangle comprised eighty individual pieces tacked loosely to

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