January 22 - February, 27, 2010
From Jaunary 22 on, Galerie Voss will show photo works by Ivonne Thein. Her series "Thirty-two kilos" has already drawn a lot of public attention. The photographs deal with the pathological striving of girls and women to be extremely thin. Simultaneously, the artist calls the role of photography into question, on the one hand as a document providing compelling evidence, but on the other as a consciously manipulated image. Besides referring to the phenomenon of the so-called Pro-Ana movement, which creates and constitutes extreme body images and ideals of femininity, Ivonne Thein employs the tools, modes of presentation, and superficiality of the fashion world in her visual language and compositional style. Furthermore, she has manipulated her photographs on the computer, turning slender models into anorexic bodies. Faceless and positioned in disconcerting poses, they oscillate in a transitory state between femininity and morbidity. The female figure in the hermetic photographs of Ivonne Thein is constructed, artificial . a doll. The latest series' "Unvollkommen" (Imperfect) and "Proforma" seize today's beauty ideals, as well. Digital postproduction and stageing allow the artist to overdraw and exaggerate those very ideals, and thus expose their ridiculousness. The exhibition "incredible me" will run until February 27, 2010.