Monday, September 21, 2009

Hannah Hoch

While in class, we spoke briefly about Hannah Hoch, one of the first women in the graphic design industry. Being the person who began to allow both sexes into this art world, I wanted to search more on her background and life.

Hannah Hoch was a German Dada artist. Aside from being one of the first women in graphic design, she is also known for being one of the originators of photomontage. Hoch attended the Berlin College or Arts and Crafts and studied glass design and graphic arts, not fine arts, only to please her father. In 1919, she began working with the Berlin Dadists. Here she was a lone woman in the group. She referenced the hypocrisy of the Berlin Dada group and of German Society as a whole in her photomontage, Da-Dandy.

Many of her photomontages point out the faults of the beauty culture. Working at Verlang, she worked with many magazines that targeted women and she began to see how different women in media and reality are. She also made strong statements on racial discrimination in her work.

Her most famous piece of art is titled Cut with the Dad Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, pictured below. This piece combines images from newspapers of the time re-created to make a new statement about life and art in the Dada movement.

S. Mueller

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