Annegret Soltau

Annegret Soltau ( born January 16, 1946 in Lüneburg ) is a German artist collage of body art.

Life and work

Spent her childhood Annegret Soltau with her grandmother in Elbstorf, Elbmarsch. She was trained as a painter and graphic artist at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (1967-1972) Hans Thiemann, Kurt Kranz, David Hockney and Rudolf Hausner. Since 1973 she lives with her ​​husband, the sculptor Baldur Greiner ( grandson Daniel Greiner ) in Darmstadt; both have a daughter and a son.

Had his first solo exhibition of etchings and drawings by the artist in 1974 in Darmstadt, where they 1975/76 their performance permanent demonstration showed, in which they are " designated " with black thread ( hooped ) and several individuals together combined (Ver - bonds): " My main concern is, physical processes involve in my images to connect body and mind as equivalent " ( Annegret Soltau ). So was her body into a kind of raw material for their work for the artist. " By means of video recording she watched her own body during the entire period of pregnancy and demonstrated changes in appearance and at the same internal states to" (...) ( H. Friedel. , The new self-portrait in the catalog Video Art in Germany 1963-1982 Hatje, Stuttgart, 1982).

Annegret Soltau developed from 1975 Fotoübernähung and Fotovernähung in which it first connects the real ( haptic ) thread with photographic material. It works with the image of her own person, and close relatives: "I take myself to the model, because I can go farthest with me."

" For her idiosyncratic sculptures that are in many prestigious collections, it has received the Wilhelm Loth Prize of the city of Darmstadt in 2000. (...) In great perseverance and radicalism Annegret Soltau has been working for more than three decades with the image its self apart. In her sensuously tangible Fotoübernähungen and stitching it spins with unsparing pinpricks threads on photographic self- portraits, tears inner worlds, and in turn closes the so incurred injuries with needle and thread. Even if at the beginning especially it is the focus of their work themselves, their work covers the history of the people as a whole. Your issues seem as archaic as striking Journal: The image of the body, violence, pregnancy and birth, of generations and the search for one's roots. Here, an oeuvre has been created which boasts contrasting facets, its vividness and intimacy at the same time. (...) (From the invitation text of the Institute Mathildenhöhe ) "


  • Drawings and Etchings 1971-1974, alongside self-portraits she portrayed among others Gudrun Ensslin and Ulrike Meinhof and Ingeborg Bachmann
  • Permanent demonstration performance 1975/76
  • Even series of Fotoübernähungen, 1975
  • Pregnant video performance and photo-collages 1977-80, (catalog pregnant, text: Gislind Nabakowski, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 1983)
  • Mother - luck 1978-86 Fotovernähungen, Text: Klaus Gallwitz, Portfolio: Edition Barbara Gross, Munich
  • Grima - with child and animal Fotovernähungen 1986-96 (catalog Grima, " Selk 1988, " Fragments of the ego ", Mainz 1991)
  • Generative series of Fotovernähungen with daughter, mother and grandmother, 1993-2005, (catalog healing, Städt. gallery, Schwäbisch Hall in 1994 and the catalog " myself " Mathildenhöhe Institute, Darmstadt 2006)
  • Kali - daughter -life daughter images doubled, 2000, ( Catalogue I Mutate or do I transform myself? Hessian State Museum in Darmstadt )
  • NYFACES - surgical operations I- XXIII 2001-2002 (a series created after the attack on September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York)
  • Search for the father I- XXXXXXIX 2003-2007, this work documents the fatherless grew up with her grandmother artist the search for her missing father in World War II
  • Transgenerativ - Father Mother Daughter Son 2004-2008, a continuation of the work generative - with daughter, mother and grandmother, where Soltau with photos of her husband and son also receives the male line of the family in their stitching
  • Personal identity as of 2003 ( work in progress), a biographical clues in self-portraits with sewn original documents and daily -used smart card. In this series, the artist questions dealing with one's own identity in the digital information age.


  • Annegret Soltau - myself, April 23, 2006 - June 11, 2006, exhibition building of the Darmstadt Artists' Colony
  • WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, March 4, 2007 - June 16, 2007, Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA ), Los Angeles ( group exhibition ) - Image: Annegret Soltau speaking ...
  • WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, February 17, 2008 - May 12, 2008 PS1 Contemporary Art Center (MoMA PS1), New York City ( group exhibition )
  • Annegret Soltau " generative ", May 28, 2011 - June 26, 2011, " Gold Hall " of the Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt ( partly censored)



  • With Bernadette Baumann: encounter. MS- Edition, Darmstadt 1977, ISBN 3-921982-13-8.
  • From the inside to the outside. Merck, Darmstadt 1996.
  • Puberty - daughter pictures. Edition Fotohof, Salzburg 1997, ISBN 3-901756-04-3.
  • Karin Struck: Approaches to Ingeborg Bachmann. Liebig, Darmstadt 2003, ISBN 3-87390-172-2.
  • Myself Mathildenhöhe Institute, Darmstadt 2006, ISBN 3-935062-06-0.
  • Personal idendtity. Documents & Cards in Lifetime. SIT, Darmstadt, 2007.
  • Self performing from 1973 to 2010. Galerie Merkle, Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 3-9807594 -4- X.