Hannah Villiger

Ohne Titel, 1984/85
From: Skulptural

C-print of a polaroid, mounted on aluminium, 125 x 123 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, gift Volkart Foundation
Inv. no. 2009-029-002
© Estate of Hannah Villiger

Hannah Villiger
1951 (Cham, CH) - 1997 (Auw, CH)

Villiger’s detailed Polaroids of her own body became the benchmark for all later artists in the field. Hers is a photography of almost unbearable self-scrutiny: examining, dissecting, ragmenting and juxtaposing individual, harshly-cropped details of a physical landscape. Her work combines painterly and sculptural elements in a photo-performance that tells of the struggle to forge a sense of wholeness out of the fragments of a physical identity that is both self and other.