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The Urban Beautician

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The Urban Beautician
[Texto disponible solo en inglés] The world is as it is. Alone, I cannot change that. However, in all my performances I feel the environment is somehow improved, albeit for a short time. In these interventions I am usually clad in a beautician’s smock - as worn by professionals in the 1960s - referring to a branch of my life story I decided not to pursue.

I grew up behind the desk of a beauty salon and it was always assumed that I would become a beautician myself. Indeed, one day, I found myself in Bonn, at a well-known cosmetics company, undergoing training as a beautician.

During my studies, I spent some time behind the counter of a famous department store in Berlin, in its glittering parallel world, perfectly made-up, always following the latest trends.

Today I am aware of the necessity of small cosmetic alterations in order to emphasise advantages and conceal disadvantages - the secrets of make-up artists. In extensive research I identify incongruous or overlooked details of everyday life and try to emphasise or even improve them by performance interventions.

A photographic collection of these details usually forms the basis of most of my works. Often, individual objects from these collections are singled out and thentransformed into a new, unusual context.

In this way I develop site-specific installations with objects, videos or photographic images of common objects, which might be presented in unexpected locations; in addition there emerge occasional frottages, screen prints or posters. Sometimes these objects are recontextualised by a performance or are documented in a video to be projected in an appropriate location.

I will give an insight into my practice during the show, which will be completed by an outdoor intervention close to the venue.

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I need a data projector which can be connected to my laptop and a projection screen or a DVD player conencted to a projector.

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