"Photoworks": Experimental Photography by Astrid Klein

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The contemporary German artist Astrid Klein is mostly known for her mixed medium work, ranging from painting, collage photography, and installation. A true experimental artist, Klein is one of the few distinguished female artists in the world.

Astrid Klein, Endzeitgefühle, 1982. Fotoarbeit, 330 x 465 cm. Courtesy Sprüth Magers © Astrid Klein; Astrid Klein, J'ai enfermé hermétiquement un homme dans la pièce, 1980. Collage, beschriftetes Tape, Foto auf Karton, Courtesy Sprüth Magers. © Astrid Klein; Astrid Klein, il faut être absolument moderne, 1980. Collage, beschriftetes Tape, Foto auf Karton. Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg © Astrid Klein

It was in 1978 when Klein came to the limelight. Considered as a pioneer of experimental, large-format photography meshed with images from newspapers, prints, and magazines. She referred to this images as "photoworks", a distinction from mere photographs, and the technique resulted in transformed darkroom-processed images. as she questions the accuracy of photography as a documentary medium while centralizing the theme of human tragedy.

Collages are important to her work, highly influenced by the French New Wave and the genre of the photo-novel, Klein continues to tackle political issues and women issues in society. See more of her hybrid works in Astrid Klein at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, running through September 2.

Astrid Klein, transcendental home..., 1979. Fotoarbeit, Courtesy Sprüth Magers © Astrid Klein ; Astrid Klein, Moi je n’ai plus…, 1980. Collage, beschriftetes Tape, Foto auf Karton. Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg © Astrid Klein; Astrid Klein, Their relationship is bound to be correct, 1980. Collage, beschriftetes Tape, Foto auf Karton, Courtesy Sprüth Magers © Astrid Klein; Astrid Klein, Les illusions et les deceptions, 1980. Collage, beschriftetes Tape, Foto auf Karton. Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg © Astrid Klein

Images are from the press kit.

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