Hannah Höch Life Portrait

How the Mother of Dada Made
History of Her Life

Images from Hannah Höch's Master Work, Life Portrait

July 20, 2016  By Lit Hub Photography

Life Portrait_Cover
“It is no accident that Höch’s favorite medium is collage, which emerged through industrialization, urbanization, and the new mass media. Even at an advanced age, the artist drew sketches sitting in front of the TV set.”

Article continues below

In 1973, at the age of 84, Hannah Höch completed Life Portrait, a large format Dadaist collage-as-self-portrait, a visual history cum memoir incorporating images of her parents, Neil Armstrong, flowers from her garden, and over 20 images from her own extant work. Höch died five years later, but her was work was already anticipating the way we enlist technology to construct identity, address gender fluidity, and create our own interpersonal networks.

Hannah Hoch, Life Portrait, features an introductory essay by Alma-Elisa Kittner, along with text to accompany the 38 discrete sections of the collage.

      Hi-res_images_LitHub_Portrait Photograph by Liselotte Orgel-Köhne and Armin Orgel-Köhne the photographers who documented Hannah Höch’s exhibition at Berlin’s Akademie der Künste 1971, resulting in the collaboration that allowed Hannah Höch to produce Life Portrait.



Article continues below

Lit Hub Photography
Lit Hub Photography
Photography excerpts are curated by Catherine Talese and Rachel Cobb.

More Story
On the Road to Cleveland: Trump Speaks to the Werewolf in Us Timothy Denevi was scheduled to arrive in Cleveland this morning, to begin his coverage of the Republican National Convention...

Become a Lit Hub Supporting Member: Because Books Matter

For the past decade, Literary Hub has brought you the best of the book world for free—no paywall. But our future relies on you. In return for a donation, you’ll get an ad-free reading experience, exclusive editors’ picks, book giveaways, and our coveted Joan Didion Lit Hub tote bag. Most importantly, you’ll keep independent book coverage alive and thriving on the internet.