The mannequin motif is important to the way that the Surrealists reflected upon consumer society. It is a society in which not only handmade and industrially manufactured products are commercialized, but even the human body itself becomes a commodity.

 

The “objectification” of the body can be contrasted with the way that things and commodities are psychologized and eroticized. The things that the Surrealists seismographically observed, so to speak, comprise to this day an increasingly comprehensive phenomenon in our visual environment.

 

The reification of the body and its inverse, the “animation” of the object, are motifs that Margret Wibmer persistently pursues in her photographs and objects.

 

[Ludwig Seyfarth, Artist talk with Margret Wibmer and Ingrid Pfeiffer at KAI 10 – Arthena Foundation in Düsseldorf, March 23rd, 2012]

 

 

lea

 

L.E.A. – 2007 – 21 x 82 x 26 cm – metal, fur, fabric, plexiglas

 

lucy_topview

 

LUCY – 2010 – 24 x 56 x 48 cm – metal, digital print     [topview]

 

_lucy_sideview

 

LUCY – 2010 – 24 x 56 x 48 cm – metal, digital print  – [sideview]

 

 

 

Image background:

 

Margret Wibmer 02 copy

 

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW, 2011, ‘transformed objects‘ at KAI 10 Arthena Foundation in Düsseldorf.

photography: Achim Kukulies, KAI 10, Arthena Foundation

show text