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in focus Galerie : Staged : Identity + Role Play


Under the title “Staged: Identity and Role Play” in focus gallery highlights issues of identity against the backdrop of artistic role play in photography.

“All the world is a stage. And all women and men mere players.”, Shakespeare, 1599

In focus gallery, Burkhard Arnold presents an exhibition from September 11 to December 20, 2022, using photography as a stage for artistic exploration of identities.

In the exploration of the themes of identity, its construction, transformation and fiction, the camera is used as a mirror for stagings of the self – or the other.

Masquerade, costuming, and performative play as artistic practice form the common starting point of the works on view. They show how artists test the limits of what is acceptable, try out new social roles, and break social taboos. The exhibition opens a panorama of the exploration of the staged self between playful, ironic, and social perspectives on the theme of identity, and brings together works by

Elliott Erwitt (USA), Sissi Farassat (A), Toto Frima (NL), Gilbert Garcin (F), Cindy Marler (NL), Anne Arden McDonald (USA), Jan Saudek (CZ), and Christine Webster (NZL).


in focus Galerie
Hauptstraße 114
50996 Köln, Germany

Opening hours: Sept. 12 to Sept. 24, Tues. – Fri. 1 – 6 p.m., Sat. 12 – 4 p.m.
From September 25 to December 20, 2022: by appointment only on 0177 3202913.


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