Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Bernd M. Scherer. Text by Aleida Assmann, et al.
A collaged portrait of postwar Paris from an acclaimed bricoleur of archives
In Paris Calligrammes filmmaker and photographer Ulrike Ottinger (born 1942) links archival material with her own art and films to create a image of the era in which she came of age. From the Librairie Calligrammes, where exiled German intellectuals gathered, to the Cinémathèque française, Ottinger charts the city's havens.
Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst. Essays by Catherine David, Michael Oppitz, Katharina Sykora, Laurence A. Rickels and Gerald Matt.
Ulrike Ottinger's films and photographs investigate remote corners of the world, such as Mongolia and Ukraine, using both fictional and documentary means. Her associatively connected voyages meander through the peripheries of cities, countries and societies, and against that backdrop capture human splendor and misery, reality and illusion, surface and depth. Her aesthetic tends to the theatrical--literary and historical figures including Dorian Gray and Joan of Arc have been known to make appearances--and to the elaborately decorated, thanks in part to her travels and her passion for collecting. She has archives full of objects and images of all kinds, accumulated on her globetrotting jaunts, and often draws from this stock to mediate issues of gender and character, power and sexuality from many different angles.