Body of Work – Behind the Appearances
Vera Lehndorff and Holger Trülzsch developed an œuvre of remarkably innovative staged photographs of body paintings–a synthesis of painting, photography and performance–during an intensive creative period from the 1970s to the late 1980s. In Body of Work – Behind the Appearances, Lehndorff/Trülzsch approach their artistic work from a new angle by interweaving the images of the work series, the facsimiled archive material (such as essays by Susan Sontag and Gary Indiana), as well as contextual explanations and reference images. The book retraces the evolution of gender identities and the treatment of the female body against the backdrop of pop culture, media and art trends from the second half of the 20th century to the present.
Vera Lehndorff (b. 1939, Königsberg (now Kaliningrad)) studied painting and design at the Fachschule für Gestaltung in Hamburg from 1958 to 1961. In 1961 she moved to Florence. Lehndorff's modeling career began there. She made her international breakthrough in 1966 in Michelangelo Antonioni's cult film Blow-up, after which Veruschka, as she came to be known professionally, became a 1960s fashion icon. During the 1968 shoot in Rome for Franco Rubartelli’s film Veruschka, poesia di una donna (1971), she experimented with body-painting, progressively transforming her appearance in her own artworks as well as in collaboration with Holger Trülzsch, whom she met in 1969. Vera Lehndorff has been based in Berlin since 2005.
Holger Trülzsch (b. 1939, Munich) studied painting and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1960 to 1965. Trülzsch works in a wide array of different media, ranging from painting, drawing, photography and film to sculptures. Also an accomplished percussionist, Trülzsch teamed up with Florian Fricke to form the electronic music group Popul Vuh. They composed and performed the soundtrack to Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), and recorded their first album, Affenstunde, in 1969 in Peterskirchen, Bavaria, where he first met Vera Lehndorff. After extended sojourns in New York and Paris, Holger Trülzsch has been based in Berlin since 2010.