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Palestinian, 20th–21st century, female.

Active in England since 1975.

Born 1952, in Beirut.

Sculptor, installation artist, photographer. Multimedia.

Mona Hatoum studied graphic design at Beirut University College before settling in London in 1975, during civil war in Lebanon. In London she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In the 1980s she began making video and performance works incorporating themes of exile and the body, such as ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 26 July 1956, in Besançon.

Sculptor, installation artist. Multimedia.

Gilles Touyard takes an image from a sales catalogue or a pornographic magazine or a photo reproduction of a work of art and creates a rubber model which he inflates to produce a distorted version of the original. He then goes on to explore various stages of 'inflation' and 'deflation', using the accompanying sounds to suggest breathing. His ...

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German, 20th century, male.

Born 1939, in Munich.

Sculptor, painter, mixed media, photographer. Multimedia.

Holger Trülzsch studied at the fine arts academy in Munich. He participated in France in the establishment of a photographic mission within the framework of DATAR (Délegation à l'Amenagement du Territoire at à l'Action Régionale), a programme designed to promote regional initiatives in the environment....

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Grischka Petri

(b Leverkusen, nr Cologne, Oct 14, 1932; d Berlin, April 3, 1998).

German painter, sculptor, décollagist, composer, video artist, and performance artist. He was one of the fathers of the European Happening movement. Vostell studied typography, lithography, and painting in Cologne, Wuppertal, Paris, and Düsseldorf (1950–58). In 1959 he married Mercedes Guardado Olivenza in Cáceres, Spain. Early in his career he discovered Décollage , a technique of cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing pieces of an image. His spelling of the term, dé-coll/age, underlined the term’s dialectical implications of destruction and creation. In the 1960s he worked with chemicals to transfer the process to photography, video, and film, turning it into an all-encompassing strategy of image deconstruction, often within the iconographic framework of violence and sexuality as communicated by mass media.

Vostell’s combined décollage with car parts and television sets, being one of the first artists using such a device as part of a sculpture in 1958. In 1962 he joined the ...