TARRAH KRAJNAK in: Image/Counterimage
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
22 Apr - 27 Aug 2023
In this exhibition five artists will be presented: Tarrah Krajnak, VALIE EXPORT, Sanja Iveković, Ana Mendieta, Carrie Mae Weems. The point of departure for the Photography Room presentation is the work Master Rituals II: Weston Nudes by the artist Tarrah Krajnak (b. 1979 in Lima, Peru, lives in Los Angeles, USA). In this eighteen-part series from 2020–21, she recreated female nudes that the North American photographer Edward Weston began taking in 1927, and which were published posthumously in 1977. Krajnak presents herself as photographer and model in one in this work. Her appropriation of Weston’s photographs highlights the traditional hierarchic relationship between artist and model, in which the model is shown as passive and her or his part in the creative process is typically ignored. Moreover, Krajnak’s performative and photographic nudes are directed at the canon of Western photography, which is imbued with a white image of ideal femininity.