LINDER : The subversive relevance of feminist collages

Linder’s iconic imagery is perhaps past the initial shock- effect it enjoyed when her work first saw daylight in the 70’s, yet the subversive feminist collages still have the same potency as they did some 30 years ago. 


Linder Sterling All images courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm
Linder Sterling All images courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm

Linder ’s work is a well-known affair – by fusing porn imagery with clippings of 50’s and 60’s domestic utensils, the slightly caricatured collages confront and appropriate the idea of women’s bodies. They were to be perceived as much as a comment on the consumer culture as they were referring to the ever-present male gaze .Through scalpel sharp and scrutinizing clippings, glamour becomes exposed as something to be wary of, and as household appliances are inserted over head of the women portraying sexy-suburbia the forfeit of their identity becomes an uncanny matter. Albeit the devil was seemingly in the humor these collages were infused with as questions arise surrounding how one could perceive Playboy or any glamorized magazine seriously in the aftermath of Linder’s work?
While pornography has since lost some of it’s audacity it once revoked and became a somewhat blasé subject over the last decade, the feminist thematics of Linder’s oeuvre and it’s disguised rawness is still relevant, as the debate on the appropriation and ownership of women’s bodies is at the most inflamated it has ever been.
”Pornography has become a somewhat blasé subject over the last decade”


LINDER The Andréhn-Schiptjenko Gallery until 11 April.