Annegret Soltau‘s work has been considered fundamental for the development of experimental and performative art of the 70s and 80s. She has often been appointed as an important reference for the feminist art of that early period. Recently, her work was included in “Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution”, the first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art, organized in 2007 by Moca in LA, and presented also at the MoMA PS1 in New York (2008) and the Vancouver Art Gallery (2009).
Annegret Soltau’s main interest is in the integration of body processes in her work, in order to connect body and spirit and treat them as equal components. Always departing from a private performance and photos of herself, the artist creates photomontages of her own body and face sewn over or collaged with black thread. „Selbst/ Self“(1975-76) started with a series of wrapping actions, in which Soltau tied both single people as well as entire groups with a strong black thread. The thread is sewn like filigree webs across her face and exerts a delicate tension; the result is very sophisticated and beautiful. Exploring issues related with female identity, these works are among the most well-known of this German artist and performer.