Pola Sieverding

The Epic


More than a simple exchange of blows: the drama of victory and defeat captured in unique photographs

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Neuer Aachener Kunstverein


Pola Sieverding’s (*1981, Düsseldorf) book The Epic is based on her eponymous exhibition of two groups of works, ARENA and The Epic, at the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein in 2016. The images-or rather, presentations-of bodies from the worlds of wrestling and boxing materialize here in contrasting lights and darks; they are emphasized by the play of light on skin, which makes it possible to see musculature beneath. In the performance of the presentation and exhibition, the fleshy quality of the bodies becomes the actual event. It is not the fight itself, but its visual characteristics, which make it possible to understand the drama of victory or defeat in an instant. Sieverding’s camera seems to thread its way directly in between the combatants, allowing viewers to play the role of the medium; emotions are not situated solely in our gaze-but rather, our body also negotiates the repertory of affects.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 20 March 2018
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Ben Kaufmann, Kirsten Maar, and Michael Kohtes
Dimensions N/A
Weight 300 g