Isabelle Wenzel

Model #1, 2011 from the Series Models of Surfaces

German photographer ISABELLE WENZEL sets up surreal scenes in which she requests her sitters to engage in a very physical pose: they hang upside down, contort like acrobats or stick their high-heeled legs out of homemade cardboard constructions. Their faces don’t matter.

Taking the body as a responsive form, she uses it to capture movements or postures of anonymous posers in a figural moment. The result is an ensemble of ironically and humourously charged images, in which the models are suspended between object and subject, alien and known.

ISABELLE WENZEL (*1982) studied photography and fine arts at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld in Germany and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where she graduated in 2010. She has exhibited in group and single shows in Germany and the Netherlands. She was awarded the Leica Prize in 2007 and her photography has also been published in several book projects. In 2010 she received a grant from Virtual Zoom for a photo project which was presented in the Virtual Museum Zuidas, Amsterdam. In 2011 she was also awarded the Startstipendium – Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten from Vormgeving en Bouwkunst in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

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