As part of the 11th Darmstadt Photography Days (24.04.-03.05.20) themed ‹Bizarre Escapes: Humour in Photography› the Kunsthalle Darmstadt realises two exhibitions.
In the 1960s, Heide Uta Stolz (1939-1985) created a groundbreaking photographic oeuvre, which—as with many female artists of her generation—has only been (re-)discovered in recent years. The exhibition ‹Heide Stolz: Affairs›, curated by Stefan-Maria Mittendorf and presented by the Kunsthalle Darmstadt and the 11th Darmstadt Photography Days, shows a selection of 70 of her pictures, some of them being displayed publicly for the first time.
Heide Stolz's photographs from the sixties, shot with a two-eyed Rolleiflex camera, focus on man, its socially standardized roles, and interpersonal relationships. The staged motifs are a means and essential feature of Heide Stolz's photographic work, which raises socio- and media-critical issues. Similar to the meticulously composed photographs of William Egglestone, Jeff Wall, or Cindy Sherman, Heide Stolz questions the photography’s role as a credible eyewitness and hence anticipates postmodern photographic theories.
The work of Heide Stolz gained early, but only temporary recognition. In 1965, she exhibited at Heiner Friedrich’s Munich-based gallery, whose program also included artists such as Dan Flavin, Blinky Palermo or Gerhard Richter. The exhibition ‹Heide Stolz: Affairs› strives to contribute to a wider recognition of her impressive photographic work. Still affecting today, it has lost none of its topicality and enlightening impact.
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