Anngret Soltau


Permanente Demonstration 2 1975-76_jpg

My most important aim is to include bodily processes in my work and to use myself as a model – because I can go the furthest with myself.


In the mid-70s, etched lines on the metal plate became drawings that could be experienced with the body. Performing an experiment on myself, I wrapped my own face in black yarn. At public events, I wrapped people, tied them to one another, thus connecting them. I wanted to make visible the dependencies, communicative relationships, and the extent to which we are controlled by others.

permanente Demonstration 19.1.1976


Relationships can be painful; they leave marks that cannot be erased, or can be erased only with great difficulty; they lead to formation, or deformation, to injury. When I untied the people, I released them in a new and necessary way.


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