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German, b. 1944

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Rebecca Horn’s sculptures illuminate how the work of an established artist, traditionally defined as feminist/performance art, can be re-interpreted from a disability perspective. Like many artists with disabilities, Horn’s impairment has been relegated to the biographical, or perceived as a deficiency overcome, instead of an identity embraced. RE/FORMATIONS will investigate the dialogue Horn creates from the lived experience of her lung impairment, and how it intersects with other aspects of her identity. Rebecca Horn’s disability, like her gender and nationality, has invigorated her aesthetic – structurally and thematically.

Fried  :  Horn  Sanderson  :  Scott  :  Splan
Woman with finger extensions picking up a piece of paper
Film Still from: Performances II, 1973
Documentation of nine performances
Unicorn, 1970
Head Extension, 1972
White Body Fan, 1972
Finger Gloves, 1972
Feather Finger, 1972
Gavin, 1971
Cockfeather Mask, 1972
Pencil Mask, 1972
Cockatoo Mask, 1973
with D. Finke, Gavin, Karin Halding, E. Mitzka
Production: Helmut Wietz
16 mm, colour, sound, 36 minutes
© 1972 Rebecca Horn