I went to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London this weekend. It’s the gallery’s annual paid exhibition and is well worth a visit. Höch was a member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s along with George Grosz, Raoul Haussmann and Jean Arp, as well as a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. She spliced together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, creating a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change.
Later that day I discovered the work of Istanbul-based artist Merve Ozaslan via Pinterest and Behance. In a similar way to Höch, Ozaslan takes vintage black and white photographs, from people on the street to young ladies on the beach, and inserts pieces of natural scenery. The result is an ordinary urban scene juxtaposed tongue-in-cheek with green forests, a field of daisies or the swirling current of the sea.
Images: Merve Ozaslan on Behance