Aura Rosenberg

Who Am I, What Am I, Where Am I?

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Aura Rosenberg
Who Am I, What Am I, Where Am I?

Text(s) by Nicolás Guagnini, Aura Rosenberg

German, English

2008. 200 pp., 203 ills.

hardcover

25.00 x 30.10 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2255-1

All children like to dress up: slipping into costumes and putting on masks—all ways to test one’s identity. In each of the seventy photographs in her art project Who Am I, What Am I, Where Am I? Aura Rosenberg (*1949 in New York), who commutes between her home town and Berlin, works with a child and another artist. These three work together to produce, in a playful way, the individual portrait. While for children play is a way to learn, art sometimes presents adults with a renewed opportunity to play. An artist’s identity is often transported by his or her works. In these portraits, not only did the children get a different glimpse of themselves, many of the participating artists came away with a renewed sense of play.

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John Baldessari, Coco Fusco, Rainer Ganahl, Dan Graham, Skuta Helgason, Mike Kelley, Louise Lawler, Allan McCollum, John Miller, Matt Mullican, Vic Muniz, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw, James Siena, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Haim Steinbach

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Art Dictionary

Portrait

The portrait of the human figure has long been one of the oldest motifs in the history of painting. Yet it was not until the late classical / early modern era that artists realized that the head was the most distinctly characteristic part of the body.

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