Cordula Ditz

Don’t do anything I would do

1500* Euro

Cordula Ditz (b. 1972 in Hamburg, lives and works in Hamburg) creates visual worlds with paintings, videos, and mixed media installations that reveal their own background and performativity in order to reflect on the media representation and production of normative codifications. Her Jahresgaben derives from her installation Your Silence is Very Disturbing (2020), which played with the leitmotif of visibility in the wake of the #metoo era. Here Ditz worked from a feminist position, selecting finds from her extensive thematically focused research— photographs, film stills, images from the web, newspaper clippings, reproductions of artwork—and assembling them in digital collages. Ditz has arranged these elements and printed them on semi-transparent cloth—giving material elaboration to this interface of visibility. These prints have been overpainted with gestures that are as expressive as they are effacing, producing a tension between the photographic prints and the agency of Ditz’s own hand. With these painterly interventions, she draws attention to the misogynist content of these found photographs and advertisements, exposing the absurdity of message like “hypnosis can make you slim!”. Certain works feature images of masked women alongside floating parts of legs, hands, and lips. By virtue of the anonymity in these images, we are drawn to the relationship between visibility and objectification that’s commanded by an outside gaze. Ditz infers that female agency is not defined by either.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2020
  • BEING LAID UP WAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING ART, HUMOR NACH #METOO, Kunstverein in Hamburg (G)
    MIND the GAP #1, Bieberhaus, Hamburg (G)
  • 2019
  • ORF TELETEXT trifft Kunst, Ars Electronica (G)
    Fuzzy Dark Spot, Sammlung Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (G)
    Sanctum, Big Medium, Austin, USA (G)
    I’m just not in the running as I stand beside the track – 1000 Couplets von Moondog, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (G)
  • 2018
  • How To Disappear, Conradi (E)
    Alone in the Dark, Il Caminetto, Hamburg (S)

  • 2017
  • Kluckyland Sammlung Heiss, Othmargasse, Vienna (G)

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