Koerper Grenz Kontrollen – Body Border Controls
Exploring identity – I do it through alter egos who visually represent parts of me.
The body has become a focus of my exploration. Society fixates on what the body means, we identify others and ourselves over it. Through photography I seek to show the limits of the body as a marker of identity and aspire to gain a feeling of control over my own body and image. Koerper Grenz Kontrollen as a project is a quest for personal self-exploration as well as based on a theoretical approach in which I considered relevant media and gender theory looking at the connection of body and identity in this modern world.
In the past, I’ve been doing portrait work in which I’ve been attempting to visually explore different perceptions of what femininity looks like. To me, softness and beauty are not shameful words. However, I do like to incorporate disruptive or distorting elements into the work that negate an attempt at a traditional beauty image and as such point out the artificiality of a concept of the feminine that is solely based on those limiting characteristics.
With my self-portraits, I explore more than general concepts – I explore myself. My relationship to the body that I’ve been given, the limits of identification over the physical body (How do the physical features of my body correlate with gender identity? Why does my body image constitute how I position myself in society and in relation to others?) and the control over my body that I feel like I’m in a constant fight for to gain back. I also inspect the more literal borders of my body when I capture microscopic images of my skin’s surface.
Koerper Grenz Kontrollen is an experimental, open-ended project. It’s results are exhibited for the first time in December 2021 at Kunstraum 53.
The exhibition shows large scale photographs as well as video work. The video/sound installation ‘Hautgrenzen’ is a collaborative work with Hannover based sound artist Andy Cowling (www.andycowling.com).
Follow the project process on Instagram: @koerpergrenzkontrollen
Koerper Grenz Kontrollen – 04.-18.12.2021 – Kunstraum 53, Hildesheim
Sponsors: Kulturcampus-Projektförderung der Sparkasse Hildesheim Goslar Peine, AStA Hildesheim (ww.asta-hildesheim.de), Kunstraum 53 (www.kunstraum53.de)