Josephine Meckseper

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The work of the New York-based German conceptualist, Josephine Meckseper, deals with themes of consumerism and commodity fetishism in modern society. For example, her shop window installations, Shelves, juxtapose fashion accessories with regalia, such as Palesetinian kaffiyeh, taken from left wing protest movements. The connection between consumerism and politics was initially sparked by the confluence of luxury advertising and political news, but Meckseper also does straight politics--she has filmed anti-Bush demonstrations and Berlin protest marches. The resulting work is held in the Saatchi Collection among others, and appeared in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. This monograph, which also features contributions from Okwui Enwezor, Christian Holler and Simone Schimpf, presents a concise overview of Meckseper's visual worlds, in a wide range of video, collage, painting, sculpture and installation. Born in 1964, Meckseper was deemed one of the top ten artists to watch by New Yorkmagazine in 1996.

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About the author (2007)

Carlos Basualdo is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ivan Vladislavic has written and edited several nonfiction works on apartheid and art. Gabriele Guercio has written works on modern and contemporary art as well as the history of art theory. Okwui Enwezor is Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute.

Marion Ackermann, born in 1963, German curator and art historian, has been director of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen since 2009.

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