Exhibition curator and director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Christoph Tannert, invited Sara Blaylock to contribute an essay for the catalogue for the exhibition "Gegenstimmen. Kunst in der DDR 1976-1989" (Countervoices. Art from the GDR 1976-1989), which ran from July through September at the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Sara's text entitled "A Material Revolt: Body Portraits in the Prenzlauer Berg of the 1980s" examines the work of three photographers (Thomas Florschuetz, Micha Brendal, and Kurt Buchwald) for its experimentation with the genre of human portraiture in the East German context. The catalogue--which sold out within a matter of weeks--was published in both English and German.
Art historian Paul Kaiser also invited Sara to present at an exhibition symposium, which took place at the end of September. Sara's paper was entitled "Unofficial Galleries as a Counter-Public Sphere."
Image: Gegenstimmen poster.