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Hannah Villiger

Author: Jolanda Bucher; Eric Hattan; Claudia Spinelli
Publisher: Zurich : Scalo ; New York : Distributed in North America by D.A.P., 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Scalo edView all editions and formats
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Swiss artist Hannah Villiger (1951-1997) was trained as a sculptor and always considered her work sculpture. Her artistic medium, however, was photography. In the early-1980s Villiger's own body became the focus of her work: it appears fragmented, distorted, twisted beyond recognition. Villiger developed her own unique way of working: Polaroid shots that she enlarged to a size of approximately one square meter (40 x  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogues raisonnés
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Hannah Villiger.
Zurich : Scalo ; New York : Distributed in North America by D.A.P., 2001
(OCoLC)606608530
Named Person: Hannah Villiger; Hannah Villiger; Villiger; Hannah Villiger
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jolanda Bucher; Eric Hattan; Claudia Spinelli
ISBN: 3908247489 9783908247487
OCLC Number: 47675939
Language Note: Text in English and German in parallel columns.
Description: 324 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Existential necessity = Existentielle Notwendigkeit / Claudia Spinelli --
HANNAH and the horizon = HANNAH und der Horizont / Bice Curiger --
"I myself will be the chisel" = "Ich werde selbst zum Meissel" / David Levi Strauss --
On my book Envy = Zu meinem Buch Neid / Hannah Villiger --
Patience and solitude = Geduld und Einsamkeit / Jean-Christophe Ammann --
The body, my body, her body = Die Körper, mein Körper, ihr Körper / Griselda Pollock --
As if it were part of her own body after all = Als wäre es doch ein Teil vom eigenen Körper / Annelie Pohlen.
Responsibility: [editors] Jolanda Bucher, Eric Hattan ; with contributions by Claudia Spinelli [and others].

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Swiss artist Hannah Villiger (1951-1997) was trained as a sculptor and always considered her work sculpture. Her artistic medium, however, was photography. In the early-1980s Villiger's own body became the focus of her work: it appears fragmented, distorted, twisted beyond recognition. Villiger developed her own unique way of working: Polaroid shots that she enlarged to a size of approximately one square meter (40 x 40 inches). With the Polaroid camera she circled around her own body using the straightforwardness of the medium. The "blindness" of the camera redefined the structure and the volume of her body parts. This first international monograph, with catalogue raisonné, reveals Villiger as a radical predecessor of many of today's artists who create images of their own bodies. In her in-depth essay Claudia Spinelli traces the outlines of Hannah Villiger's personal and artistic development and poignantly examines the crucial relationship between Villiger's life and her work. Griselda Pollock's essay takes a close look at Villiger as a woman and an artist, highlighting the visionary power of the work. Pollock lucidly discusses the problems and obstacles Villiger, as a female-identified artist, had to face in a phallocentric, patriarchal visual culture. David Levi-Strauss ponders the intricate relationship of sculpture, photography and the human body in the work, whose daring and radical formal concepts and innovations remain as cutting-edge as ever.

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