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Trace – Formations of Likeness
Photographs and Video from The Walther Collection

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This publication charts the Haus der Kunst München exhibition Trace—Formations of Likeness, drawn exclusively from The Walther Collection. The exhibition explores portrait photography and the tracing of societal transfor-mation across geographic spaces as well as contrasting sociopolitical and cultural landscapes. Portrait photog-raphy has been deployed as a means to shape identity, to advocate for social change, and as a subversive strategy for visibility, often through an intimate investigation of the politics of memory, history, and embodiment.

This book encompasses works from the last two hun-dred years and brings together artists from Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The juxtaposition of archival, documentary, and vernacular photography offers a global context to reflect on the divergent trajectories of historical and contemporary photography today. Collectively, these works showcase the medium’s capacity as both an instru-ment for empowerment and a formation of the self, as well as its complex uses as a tool for control and subjugation.

EditorAnna Schneider, Hanns Lennart Wiesner, Haus der Kunst München
TextsAndrea Lissoni, Anna Schneider, Mark Sealy, Arthur Walther
DesignFelix Fischer, Hug & Eberlein
LanguageGerman & English
DetailsSoftcover, 23 cm X 17 cm, 112 pages, numerous ills. in color
Publication date06/2023
ISBN German978-3-903439-98-6
ISBN English978-3-99153-015-2
GTIN German9783903439986
GTIN English9783991530152
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