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In our new monthly installment, we spotlight an image by an international artist who explores subcultures in their work. Here, we look inside the glitchy erotica of painter Cathrin Hoffmann’s installation for Frieze Art Fair 2021.

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[Image credit: Image Courtesy of Cathrin Hoffmann and Tanja Wagner Gallery]

It’s this gamification of the female body that Hoffman challenges, with her figures that twist and contort from their own reflection.

For her Frieze London 2021 exhibition, German-Iranian artist Cathrin Hoffmann was inspired by Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto. In this cult tome written in 1985, sci-fi artist Harroway predicts a world where women are replaced with cyborgs and questions a modern feminism where this is possible. To pose this question in real life, Hoffman riffs on digital painting, creating a 2D rending of a gaming figure that runs away from itself. In her Frieze installation, her blood red protagonist has a shadow chasing her on the ground.


In A Cyborg Manifesto, Haraway says, “By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs.”. It’s this gamification of the female body that Hoffman challenges, with her figures that twist and contort from their own reflection. She argues for a dual body type, one that is not defined by gender, but a futuristic figure defined by its own integrity.