Simon Baur / Ilma Rakusa



192 pp.
16.5 x 22 cm, 82 ills. Cloth binding stiffened and cut flush, essays printed on Bible paper.
English / German

 34,00 incl. VAT

Release date and delivery October February, 20th

ISBN 978-3-89790-537-5 Category:


Annelies Štrba (b. 1947) portrays the Blessed Mary not as the mother of God but as an ideal representative of her gender. The photo artist depicts an image of womanhood that elevates erstwhile religious intention to an abstract realm. Digital disengagement and the almost rhapsodic colouration set the stage for a surface on which to project emotions. Štrba embraces the Madonna, dismissing the transcendental and concentrating on the empathetic accent of the mother-child relationship. In choosing the Madonna, Štrba creates the role of woman versed in pain and loss, but also one informed by purity and benevolence. Although these features were originally conceived in the composition and facial expression, the artist defamiliarises them through colour filters and the removal of contours – the dissipating figures lose themselves in their own luminosity.

With support of Pro Helvetia, swiss arts council.

Annelies Štrba is an internationally renowned Swiss artist who has staged numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Arnoldsche has previously published two other books on her work.


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