Marie-Jo Lafontaine Babylon Babies

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Edited by: Bernd Barde Texts by: Paul Ardenne, Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Hawa Djabali, Willem Elias, Romuald Hazoumé, Simon Njami u.a. German 2003, 248 Pages, 96 Ills. Hardcover 266mm x 230mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-9135-9

Since her legendary performance of the video installation Les larmes d´acier (Steely Tears) at Documenta 8 in 1987, the Belgian photographic and video artist Marie-Jo Lafontaine has generally been considered one of the most important contemporary artists. In her newer work units she often explores multilayered topics such as identity, cities and their cultural space, youth and youth culture. This is also true of her latest series Babylon Babies which comprises large-format portrait photographs of teenagers superimposed onto brightly colored monochrome backgrounds. With this series, the artist continues her iconography of children and youths that are beyond the usual clichés, a work she started some years ago. The viewer is confronted with independent young people whose photographic representation refuses any context and is therefore open to interpretation. (English edition available ISBN 3-7757-9119-1)