artist talk 

with Marrie Bot on her work “Timeless Love” (2004) and Sassa Trülzsch (galerist, Berlin) talks about Vera Lehndorff

with Marrie Bot on her work “Timeless Love” (2004) and Sassa Trülzsch (galerist, Berlin) talks about Vera Lehndorff

The nude aging body, however, exists in the fullness of its beauty. The photo series of the Dutch artist Marrie Bot approaches this theme with great sensuousness. She shows old couples displaying their tenderness and affection to each other. In these photos, which are staged by the couples themselves, the intimacy of age is brought to the foreground, an intimacy all too often hidden by the mass media.

While Vera Lehndorff alias German supermodel Veruschka was achieving success as a model around 1960, she began early on to make the ambivalence she felt about her perfect slim body (she was 1.83m tall) into a theme of her art. In the 90’s she began to co-operate with the German Photographer Andreas Hubertus Ilse to re-create the "Veruschka Self-Portraits“. The results were striking portraits in which the ageless beauty of Vera Lehndorff not only eclipses the concept of age, but also reflect age in the myth of its youth. Myths do not age, but become a caricature of their own self-portraits.