Miriam Cahn

ME AS HAPPENING

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Date of publication February 2022

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Miriam Cahn
ME AS HAPPENING

Ed. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Gaëtane Verna, text(s) by Amin Alsaden, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Miriam Cahn, Aruna D'Souza, Roxane Gay, Gaëtane Verna, John Yau, graphic design by Studio Markus Weisbeck

English

2022. 240 pp., 270 ills.

Hardcover

18.00 x 24.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5211-4

Released on the occasion of Miriam Cahn’s first major solo exhibition both in North America and Denmark, this publication gathers selected pieces from the acclaimed Swiss artist’s extensive and versatile body of work featured in the eponymous exhibition Miriam Cahn: ME AS HAPPENING presented at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. An uncompromising artist, Miriam Cahn has applied a feminist perspective throughout her career. Encompassing oil paintings and works on paper in chalk, charcoal, pastel, and watercolour as well as film, photography, and text, this publication elucidates the artist’s explorations that critically engage with themes such as women’s rights, identity, sexuality, and war. Drawing on past and present experiences, some of the works question gender roles challenging heteronormative bias and socially constructed definitions. Others explore the human body and the dynamics of intimacy, interrogating the relationship between sex, violence, and power. Comprising works from the last 25 years, including a number of new works, organized by way of the artist’s own dynamic installation, Cahn’s works form a single, cohesive statement—a reference to the performance art of the 1960s and 1970s centred on the artist’s own body: ME AS HAPPENING.Miriam Cahn (*1949, Basel) lives and works in Stampa, Switzerland. Significant solo exhibitions include Palazzo Castelmur, Stampa (2021); Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2020); the retrospective I AS HUMAN at Kunstmuseum Bern (2019), which travelled to Haus der Kunst, Munich (2019) and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2019); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2019); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2019), among others. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions at various venues internationally, including the 21st Sydney Biennial (2018); documenta 14, Kassel (2017); São Paulo Museum of Art (2017); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016).

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