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Ulrike Rosenbach «Reflections on the Birth of Venus»
Ulrike Rosenbach, «Reflections on the Birth of Venus», 1976

 Ulrike Rosenbach
«Reflections on the Birth of Venus»

A life-size projection of Botticelli's 15th-century painting of Venus on the wall, in front of it a large triangle of salt. On the triangle a shell with a small video monitor showing breakers and foam. I step inside the Venus projection. My front is white. My rear is black. The projection of Venus covers my body. I slowly begin to turn. I turn about myself for 15 minutes. The light of the projection falls on my back and disappears. Dark, night. When the light strikes my front, it is bright and clearly visible, day. A Bob Dylan song – 'Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands' – provides the music.


Ulrike Rosenbach