Bettina Cohnen

Reality Is Overrated

In her photographic works, Bettina Cohnen presents herself ironically, delineating the range of female stereotypes from the diva to the alcoholic. Re-enactments or the attempt to emphatically understand the re-enactment of specific historical, cultural or socio-political events, to bring them up-to-date or to correct them, create the background. Simultaneously the reflection includes that of the artist herself. In her most recent works, Cohnen searches for clichéd ideas of German culture in New York. Thus she documents the maintenance of questionable traditions, and portrays clichéd role models and identities that oscillate between public presentation and supposed authenticity.
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Bettina Cohnen

July 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-330-0

23,50 × 29,00 cm

68 pages

47 colored and 14 b/w illustrations


Languages: German, English

by Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the state of Niedersachsen in cooperation with the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e. V. and the Kunstverein Hildesheim authors Maren Lübbke-Tidow and Jan Van Woensel

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibithions „Bettina Cohnen. FAKE“, 5 September to 18. October 2009, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e. V. as well as „Bettina Cohnen. FICTION“, 26 September to 22 November 2009, Kunstverein Hildesheim.