Josephine Meckseper

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Rachel Hooper, Gail B. Kirkpatrick, Heike Munder
JRP Ringier Kunstverlag AG, 2009 - Art - 108 pages
In her photography, videos, and installations Josephine Meckseper engages with the interaction between politics and glamour. Thus, in her works, images of political activism-whether photographs of demonstrations or newspaper cuttings-are set against sparkling consumer goods and advertising motifs, evoking a paradoxical effect. On the one hand, the pop-political vocabulary of forms appears absurd in its opposing ideological effect; on the other, the artist discloses references by interpolating them seamlessly in a decorative and apparently elegant display. Meckseper has pursued the capitalist-critique approach of recent years, with subject areas agitating around the war in Iraq and the oil industry, with all their inherent economic and socio-political implications, in particular those concerning the automobile industry. This book concentrates on a new series of works developed from this context. Hence in the installation Ten High (2007) numerous silver shop display dummies converge on a mirror smooth platform holding in their hands objects such as signs, bearing anti-war slogans like No War in Iran or the notorious recession signal Going Out of Business/Sale. Published with the Migros museum fuuml;r gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston; and Ausstellungshalle zeitgenouml;ssische Kunst Muuml;nster English and German text.

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About the author (2009)

Rachel Hooper was Associate Curator and Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston from 2007 to 2011. She is currently a Ph.D. student in art history at Rice University.

Heike Munder is director of the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art.

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