Diane Arbus (1923–1971)

EXHIBITION Sep 29 — Dec 4, 2001

In this small exhibition, KICKEN II presents selected portraits by the photographer DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971), who already during her life time had great influence on the art world.
In the second half of the 20th century, Arbus ascended to one of the main representatives of social-critical documentary photography. Her very personal images show especially social outsiders, for example street people, asylum seekers, giants, twins, transvestites, nudists and mentally handicapped. She did not want to manifest a philosophical position in her images, but document the world with all its facets.
She was the first female photographer tobe exhibited at the Biennale in Venice.

KICKEN I presents a series of photographs by ROGER BALLEN (*1950). Although his photographs are in the tradition of documentary photography of Diane Arbus, they always put this tradition into question by pushing the images to their limit. With these pictures, Ballen offers an essential and unique contribution to contemporary photography.