Does the Bauhaus still contribute to further developments in photographic pictorial languages? What role does the avant-garde photography play for contemporary artists today? At the center of Bauhaus and Photography is the reconstruction of László Moholy-Nagy’s photography-section at the legendary 1929–1930 Werkbund-exhibition Film und Foto (Film and Photo).

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 x 29,00 cm

68 Pages

47 colored and 14 b/w illustrations

Softcover, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the state of Niedersachsen in cooperation with the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e. V. and the Kunstverein Hildesheim

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.