Gabriele Stötzer


6 Photo Series, 1985

In 1985, the Erfurt-based artist Gabriele Stötzer created a multi-faceted photo series with Winfried, a transvestite.

What she didn't know at the time is that Winfried was an unofficial employee of the State Security of the GDR. He was tasked with turning the photo performance more in the direction of pornography and with developing grounds on which Stötzer could be charged with a crime. Winfried embodied the double role of artist and secret agent in an explicit way; he was not only a dedicated agent, but also a talented performer. In the end, the Stasi was unsuccessful in their attempt. Now, we're now able to exhibit one of the most definitive and spectacular photo performances from the days of the GDR.

Curated by: Inke Arns, Kata Kraznahorkai, and Sylvia Sasse

Gabriele Stötzer is an artist, poet, and performer. In 2013, she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in honor of her contribution to the reappraisal of the communist dictato

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