Marlene Streeruwitz.
Bildgirl. Collagen


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Edited by Marius Babias

80 pages, with color illustrations, soft cover, German/English, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members)
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2009, ISBN 978-3-86560-573-3
In German language only


Bildgirl. Collagen began as an artist contribution for the exhibition “German Angst” at the Neuer Berliner Kunsterverein (2008). Presented as a mural in the exhibition, the work now appears as a book. In an introductory essay and in the image-text collages, Streeruwitz analyzes the politics of the nudity in the “Bild-Zeitung” from a feminist perspective. She focuses on the ways in which the “Bildgirl” constructs the woman as a sexualized object for male consumption. Showing naked women in the media is, despite protests from the women’s rights movement of the 1968 sexual revolution, still posed as a question of free speech. Sexual freedom is reserved for men. Streeruwitz describes how the “Bildgirl” reaffirms threatened male German heterosexuality.

The publication can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can buy the book at n.b.k. for the special price of 15.00 Euro.