• Ursula Böhmer All Ladies Kühe in Europa

Ursula Böhmer All Ladies Kühe in Europa

The cow has long held a special significance for mankind, witnessed already in prehistoric cave paintings and in many Asian religions. The Greek mythology underlying our Western culture likewise contains many references to this symbol-laden animal. Ursula Böhmer addresses the mythical nature of the cow in a unique and unusual project. Between 1998 and 2011 she travelled through 25 European countries to portray these strong and yet also docile animals. She photographed various breeds, many of them threatened with extinction, on their native terrain, where different climates have molded their physiognomy. The result is however by no means a catalog or systematic study. Böhmer instead depicts the cows as subjects in a communicative process centering on the exchange of glances between animal and human. With over 70 black and white photographs as well as a glossary on the origins and special features of the 50 different breeds portrayed, "All Ladies" displays the diversity of agrarian cultures while also calling to mind Europe's shared cultural history. The Aachen-born photographer (*1965) has been living and working in Berlin since 1966 and has already presented her project in numerous exhibitions in Germany and other European countries.


Hardcover 24,5 x 26,8 cm 128 pages 80 duotone ills English, German Available ISBN 978-3-86828-334-1 2012

Artist:

Ursula Böhmer

Texts:

Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Hans-Hinrich Sambraus

Design:

Ursula Böhmer

Awards

Selected title German Photo Book Award 2013

Exhibitions

Museum Neukölln, Berlin
18.01. – 20.04.2014

Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin
05.07. – 14.09.2014

Ludwigforum Aachen
22.03.2015 – 31.01.2016

Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin
03.07. – 16.08.2015

Mois Européen de la Photographie – Luxembourg 2015
04.03.2014 – 30.09.2015

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