Previous: Liquid Identities – Lynn Hershman Leeson. Identities in the 21st Century

This exhibition will focus on identities in the age of digital media and new biotechnologies. Californian artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (*1941) is among the most influential contemporary media artists. For the first time, her oeuvre will enter into a dialogue with selected pieces by renowned international artists like Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle, Laurie Simmons, Paul Thek and Aram Barthol. Ranging from performance via photography and sculpture to interactive and net-based works, this exhibition will demonstrate how our concept of identity has changed over the past few decades. “Digital identity”, “patchwork identity”, “multiple identities”, these are all terms and constructs we use in our attempts to approach the complex question of “Who am I?”: Under digital conditions identity is no longer a fixed constant. Permanently in flow, it is contingent on a multitude of changing factors, the most influential of which are the presentation and communication opportunities offered by the Internet today.

The exhibition is organised in co-operation with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Supported by: Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kunststiftung NRW, Sparkasse Duisburg

Illustration: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Reach, from the series Phantom Limb, 1986, Photo/©: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Reference to an article about Paul Thek and Lynn Hershman Leeson:
Biopolitical Effigies: The Volatile Life-Cast in the Work of Paul Thek and Lynn Hershman Leeson

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