The human body is a structure interwoven with external interests, internal needs, and a wide range of self-imposed demands—its boundaries have now become porous both literally and figuratively. The publication Body in Pieces, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name, draws on in-depth essays and extensive spreads of images to showcase seven international artists who trace numerous real fragmentations of the body and its conflicted present-day reality. A body that has abandoned any idea of coherence and wholeness contains the crucial subversive potential to enable a break with normative systems and traditional notions of gender and role. The artists and authors involved in this book are focused on these key ambiguities in our modern conception of what it is to be human.
Julia Höner, artist and director of KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf
Texts by: Cecilia Canziani, Amaleena Damlé, Marion Eisele, Philipp Fernandes do Brito, Julia Höner, Anna-Alexandra Pfau, Kerstin Schankweiler, Monika Schnetkamp, Eva Scharrer