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Hosen haben Röcke an - Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt 1984-1994

Artists: Collectif - Gabriele Stötzer

Authors: Susanne Altmann - Christin Müller - Franziska Schmidt - Sonia Voss - Katalin Krasznahorkai

Publishers: Hatje Cantz - nGbK

"Founded in 1984 by women around Gabriele Stötzer, the Erfurt Women Artists’ Group pursued a radically creative lifestyle to counter the rigid structures of everyday life in the GDR, over a period of ten years. Subversive, witty, borne of a liberating sense of defiance against normative gender roles, their artistic expressions provide an insight into the little-known feminist subculture in the GDR. Their pioneering role in terms of an exploration of female identity is particularly reflected through five experimental Super 8 films, subsequent live performances, and fashion-object shows. Often unfolding intuitively from sequences of audio, dance, and literary elements, self-created and provocative costumes that served as alter egos of the artists took center stage. Their political commitment culminated in December 1989 in the first occupation of a Stasi, State Security Service, headquarters, initiated by five women, three of whom were part of the group.

The ERFURT WOMEN ARTISTS' GROUP remained active with personnel changes—Monika Andres, Tely Büchner, Elke Carl, Monique Förster, Gabriele Göbel, Ina Heyner, Verena Kyselka, Claudia Morca Bogenhardt, Bettina Neumann, Ingrid Plöttner, Marlies Schmidt, Gabriele Stötzer, Harriet Wollert and others—until 1994."

[Hatje Cantz]

Publication date:2023
Number of pages: 224 pages
Number of images: 300 images
Weight: 800 g.
Dimensions: 19,50 × 27,50 cm


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