NUMBER TWELVE: HELLO BOYS

OPENING: 12 FEBRUARY 2016, 6-10 P.M.


DURATION: 13 FEBRUARY - 31 JULY 2016


OPENING HOURS: EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 11 A.M. - 6 P.M.




JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, Schanzenstrasse 54, 40549 Duesseldorf

NUMBER TWELVE: HELLO BOYS draws a line from the feminist video and performance pioneers of the 1970s to selected contemporary positions among female photographers and video artists. The exhibition featuring works from the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION has borrowed its title from that of Hannah Wilke’s video performance HELLO BOYS (1975), which it also takes as the curatorial starting point for the perception and representation of female identity. A large number of female artists used video, which was then still a new medium, to document their performance-based works. In the process they elaborated a genuinely artistic approach and aesthetic. Eleanor Antin, Lynda Benglis, VALIE EXPORT, Barbara Hammer, Joan Jonas,  Martha Rosler, Gwenn Thomas and Hannah Wilke all advocated the expression of the female self from the point of view of their respectively unique approaches to corporeality, gender roles and perspectives. In the contemporary photographs and video pieces by Lutz Bacher, Jen DeNike, Trisha Donnelly, Marie-Jo Lafontaine and Klara Lidén one can discern a change in the quality of contents perceived and how these are formulated artistically. These works have emancipated themselves from direct self-observation. From a more distanced viewpoint, femininity and masculinity are renegotiated in the media lifeworld, in filmic archetypes and in performance-based activities.

List of artists
Eleanor Antin, Lutz Bacher, Lynda Benglis, Jen DeNike, Trisha Donnelly, VALIE EXPORT, Barbara Hammer, Joan Jonas, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Klara Lidén, Martha Rosler, Gwenn Thomas, Hannah Wilke

On occassion of Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2016