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Schultz, Deborah und Edward Timms: "Charlotte Salomon. Images, dialogues and silences." In: Word & Image 24.3 (2008), S. 269–281.
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BibTeX citation key: Schultz2008
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Keywords: "Leben? Oder Theater?", Deutschland, Intermedialität, Randformen des Comics, Salomon. Charlotte
Creators: Schultz, Timms
Collection: Word & Image
Charlotte Salomon’s Life? or Theatre? has been described as ‘the longest modern story-in-pictures ever told’, while it ‘may be the most heavily textual artwork of the 20th century prior to the advent of Conceptual art’ These comments indicate the originality of Salomon’s work, while also signalling the difficulties that some viewers/readers have with it. Salomon describes it as a ‘strange work’, again, perhaps, anticipating difficulties in its reception. For, with Life? or Theatre?, viewers have to become readers, and readers viewers, simultaneously combining activities that are usually separate. While there is a history of word-image relations in early twentieth-century art, from Cubism to Futurism, Dada and Surrealism, words tended to be subservient to the overall image, used as a visual material rather than to convey meaning. In the case of artforms produced after Salomon, such as concrete poetry, words and image are of more equal importance, while in Conceptual Art words take the place of the image that no longer needs to be produced. Thus her work was made at a pivotal moment in the evolution of word-image artforms.
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