Who knows what fortune holds for you? Notes on Looking knows some of it because we look it up. And yes, I am on speaking terms with Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.
I am not here for you
(mystery and glamour)
I prod your legs
ad it’s own campaign
in Her ho(no)ur.
Between you and me
(hose and gaze)
Do not trip,
I will slip,
Die Dame is inspired by Yva, a photographer working in Berlin between the two world wars. Born Else Ernestine Neuländer, Yva was commissioned to photograph the nascent fashions of Modern Berlin. Her images were an aggressive attempt to portray women in a non-reductive way. Using disembodied limbs, double exposures, and Modernist idioms, Yva constructed advertisements that elbowed out the voyeuristic gaze. Yva’s photographs are evidence of her jubilant embrace of the Modern Woman in Germany in the 1920s and 30s.
In June of 1942 Yva and her husband Alfred Simon were arrested by the Gestapo and sent to vanish in Majdanek concentration camp in Poland. Most of her work was destroyed in the bombing of Hamburg in 1943.
Die Dame is intended as an epitaph on the gravestone she never had, an ode to her legacy.
Please join us for the opening reception of Die Dame, Tuesday November 2nd at 10pm.
Night Gallery, 204 S. Avenue 19, LA, 90031. 10 PM to 2 AM Tuesday to Thursday.
More information about Yva here. Yva: Photographies by Marion Beckers available from Amazon. In a May 29, 2009 post at L’aquoiboniste blogger Roller Girl tells of Helmut Newton’s apprenticeship to Yva as well as her early work with Heinz Hajek-Halke (2002 Centre Pompidou retrospective linked under Hajek-Halke’s name, monograph available on Amazon), which resulted he her use of Hajak-Halke’s portrait in the photograph below. (Also in Night Gallery’s press release.)
um, quick break until tomorrow and then back for more….