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Self, #9

Date 1975-76
Dimensions Image: 15 x 10 3/4 in. (38.1 x 27.3 cm)
Mount: 15 3/8 x 11 3/16 in. (39.1 x 28.4 cm)
Mat: 23 5/16 x 19 5/16 in. (59.2 x 49.1 cm)
Framed: 24 5/16 x 20 5/16 in. (61.8 x 51.6 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Section: Self portraiture
The work of German artist Annegret Soltau was essential to performance art in the 1970s and 1980s. In Selbst (Self), she stitches thread in geometrical forms across photographic self-portraits, in a reclamation of women’s handiwork. This work developed from an earlier series of performances in which Soltau wrapped herself in dark thread, as if in a cocoon. In doing so she reflected on how human beings are subject to a continuous metamorphosis throughout life. Unlike most of the other self-portraits in the Selbst series, in this image Soltau coolly and directly meets the viewer’s gaze.

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Purchase, with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee, 2018

Feedback Accession No. 2018.13.1