Thursday, January 29, 2009

Eileen Wunderlich "Chemo Babe" at Bongout

I went to see the opening with Eileen Wunderlich's Chemo-Babe photos at Bongout Gallery in Berlin last night. Three artists are featured in the exhibition: Eileen Wunderlich, Barbara Breitenfellner and Carolin Löbbert.
Mainly I went to see Eileen's photos which she had taken while in hospital in 2008 for a (successful) treatment of leukemia, hence the title "Chemo Babe".
The majority are staged self-portraits re-enacting established images known from the media, the strongest in my opinion is a copy of an Abu Ghraib torture photo.

I had already seen most of the photos on Eileen's website but obviously the large scale prints are much more impressive. She found a stunning way to cope with a life-threatening desease and handled it with an almost painful share of dark humour. In retrospect I think it's save to say that leukemia didn't know who it was up against, it's good to see Eileen well again.

The exhibition will be open until March 3 at Bongout Gallery, Torstr. 110. Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 7.

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