Cornelia Schleime, Unter weißen Tüchern, 1983
Cornelia Schleime
Unter weißen Tüchern

Cornelia Schleime (*1953, Germany) was born in East Berlin, studied makeup design and painting in Dresden and emigrated to West Berlin in 1984. In the 1970s, she created her first installations and performances, which led to her being banned from working. After she had moved to the West, her work continuously turned more and more towards painting. In 2008 she published her first novel Weit Fort, the story of a woman who falls in love with a Stasi informer. She is exhibiting extensively.

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Part of a series of super-8 films made between 1982 and 1984, Unter weißen Tüchern (Under White Fabrics) was intended to form a surreal, individual counterweight to the narrow definition of artistic images decreed by the state: A woman is tied to a door, which constantly opens and closes. Her body is completely tied up, the eyes are the only parts of her body she is able to move. This is an allegorical image for the way in which the artist (and her comrades in arms) were locked up inside the GDR.

Courtesy Cornelia Schleime & Video–Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Document media
Super 8 film, colour, sound, 8:46 min

Issue date

dreamscapes, in/visibility, masquerade, private/public, state oppression