|Born: Hannah Johanne Höch |
Other: Hannah Hoch
|Dates: ||1889, 1 November - 1978, 31 May|
|Born: ||Germany, Thuringia, Erfurt district, Gotha|
German painter and photographer, best known for photomontages.
Biography provided by Focal Press
Höch’s photomontages, which established the appropriation motif of big heads on little bodies, explored women’s changing social identity through allegory, caricature, the grotesque, and irony. Mirroring her Dadaist attentiveness to alienation and estrangement, she took the familiar and made it unfamiliar, reflecting the shattering and rearranging of traditional women’s roles, involving children, kitchen, and church. Höch’s disruptive emotionally and sexually charged work played on tensions between anger/violence and pleasure/beauty to investigate issues of gender and bourgeois culture. Höch also made montages that fused Western and tribal imagery,
thus dissolving the hierarchy that had defined their cultural relationship.
(Author: Robert Hirsch - Independent scholar and writer)
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409]
(Used with permission)
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