MARIANNE WEX
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> Let's Take Back Our Space
The German artist Marianne Wex started out as a painter before producing her photographic project Let's Take Back Our Space, one of the great unsung works of 1970s feminist history and cultural analysis. Born in Hamburg in 1937, Wex studied at the city's University of Fine Arts, where she later taught for seventeen years. In 1979, she published Let's Take Back Our Space as a book, with the subtitle 'Female' and 'Male' Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures. It is a visual survey comprised of hundreds of photographs assembled into dozens of thematic grids: Seated persons-leg and feet; arm and hand positions; standing persons-leg and feet; arm and hand positions; people sitting and laying on the ground; arm and leg positions; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman statuary; how the men of Christianity took over an old goddess gesture; the stultifying effect of the patriarchal socialization of men. And so on. The images were culled from a huge range of sources-advertisements, reportage, fashion magazines, studio portraits, the history of art-and many were taken on the streets of Hamburg by Wex, who proposes that our smallest, most unconscious gestures speak volumes about the power relations of gender in daily life.

David Campany, 'Marianne Wex: Let's Take Back Our Space, 1979', Aperture Magazine, n.213, 2013

Marianne Wex
'Let’s Take Back Our Space: ‘Female’ and ‘Male’ Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures', 1977
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Marianne Wex
'Let’s Take Back Our Space: ‘Female’ and ‘Male’ Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures', 1977
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Marianne Wex
'Let’s Take Back Our Space: ‘Female’ and ‘Male’ Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures', 1977
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Marianne Wex
'Let’s Take Back Our Space: ‘Female’ and ‘Male’ Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures', 1977
(WEX-2015-0001)



Marianne Wex
'Let’s Take Back Our Space: ‘Female’ and ‘Male’ Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures', 1977
(WEX-2015-0001)