Corina Gertz

The Averted Portrait

Corina Gertz photographs women from around the world wearing traditional national dress. Her focus is on the quieter side of the portrait - the figure seen from behind. The individual remains hidden, so that information is conveyed only by the clothing.

Splendid fabrics with sumptuous embroidery shine with sculptural and painterly intensity against a deep black background, captured in a clear, expressive composition. Her portraits tell tales of traditional wisdom, conventions, customs, and practices, reflecting Gertz’s interest in the aesthetic, political, social, and cultural context.


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Corina Gertz

March 2023

ISBN 978-3-7356-0905-2

24,5 × 32 cm

176 pages

150 colored illustrations


Languages: German, English

Galerie Clara Maria Sels

Text by
Susanna Brown, Barbara Til

Design by
Bärbel Maxisch, BÜRO211, Düsseldorf

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