Herlinde Koelbl Hair

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Texts by: Bernhard Schlink, Gabriele Betancourt Nuñez, Silke Andrea Schuemmer Foreword: Herlinde Koelbl English 2007, 176 Pages, 159 Ills. Hardcover 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2029-8
„Every picture is a small revelation.“ (Die Zeit)

Hair and the intimate contact with hair accompany people from birth to death; it is always a personal part of our sensory world. In her most recent work, Hair, Herlinde Koelbl succeeds in creating an associative study of this essential identity trait. In a wonderful, subjective photo essay she erases the superficiality of this physical statement: hair becomes a protective shield, a boundary of shame; it is enticement, seduction, or threat; or it becomes dead material mixed into soapsuds. With her talent for precise observation of social processes—already seen in bestsellers Spuren der Macht (Traces of Power), Das deutsche Wohnzimmer (The German Living Room), and Jüdische Porträts (Jewish Portraits)—this new project, on which she spent over six years on four continents, sends us on a provocative, intimate tour of human emotions. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2028-1)


Exhibition schedule: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, August 31–November 18, 2007 · Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, March 6–June 15, 2008  · Kunsthalle Rotterdam, October 4–January 2009

»With Koelbl's use and emphasis of her ‘straight’ photography, this edition provides an insight into a world that, being so commonplace, we might otherwise forgo.«