Marlene, 1930

Hannah Hoch was the unique artist behind the most provocative and striking photocollages of the Dada movement, an art movement that flourished at the start of the 20th century in the western world. Hoch herself was never fully accepted by Dadaists as a member of the group due to the fact that she was a woman. That didn’t stop her though from creating loud artworks that confronted mass culture, gender norms and sexual identity. In Marlene, created in 1930 Hoch tries to rebel against the male gaze by putting a woman’s legs upside down on a pedestal.