From our continental correspondent – Anke Feuchtenberger exhibition in Paris
Feuchtenberger is a child of a country in turmoil. She was born the child of graphic artists in 1963, in East Berlin. She was educated in the socialist art school system and only discovers Western comics after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In 1993 she published her first book, Herzhaft – lebenslänglich, in which she goes on a narratively and visually experimental rampage through the medium, applying and combining freshly learned techniques, unhindered by a decades-long tradition.
Since that first book, Feuchtenberger has been a mainstay in the catalogues of literary comics publishers like Reprodukt and Jochen, with translations of her work being also being published by Bries (English) and L’Association (French). In 2008 she was awarded the prize for the best German author at the prestigious Festival of Erlangen.
Feuchtenberger’s work has been described as concerned with the male and female body, their attractions and differences, sex, reproduction and alienation. Her style is naive and realistic at the same time, often with very dark overtones and symbolic, multilayered imagery. Sometimes she skirts the boundaries of comics with books like Wehwehwehsuperträne.de and Die Spaziergängerin, which contain independent pictures without any clear narrative relation to one another, yet still with a unifying story.
Currently at work on her next work, the narratively experimental Grano Blu, Feuchtenberger still teaches at the university of Hamburg, and runs her own publishing house, Mami Verlag, together with her partner, the Italian artist Sefano Ricci.
(Anke Feuchtenberger in Galerie Martel, 30, rue Jacob, 75006 Paris from June 14th until September 14th)