Barbara and Michael Leisgen are a couple of German artists working at the intersection between photography, performance art and land-art since the early 1960s. For their series Mimesis, the silhouette of Barbara Leisgen is shown in the middle of a picture relating to the landscape. She mimics the horizon line through the simple gestures of stretching her arms in different positions. The ephemeral and somehow naive gestures refers to the practice of having a subjective relationship to landscape, as a counterpoint to conceptual photography as the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, while tracing a parallel to German Romanticism.
The following 20 images come from the exhibition catalog of Barbara und Michael Leisgen: Mimesis, Neue Galerie – Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, 1974
The catalog, as specified in Stepping off place (which originally published it on the internet) is made up of approx. 45 loose sheets in a folder divided into 6 chapters (each also wrapped). Essay by Wolfgang Becker. German and English language.
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