Published on the occasion of the artist's exhibition “From Abigail to Jacob (Works 2004–2014)” at Grazer Kunstverein, Hamburg, in 2014.
Lisa Oppenheim (born 1975 in New York, where she lives and works) has steadily developed a unique body of work exploring the usage of (historical) imagery. Balanced between appropriation and reconstruction, her work relies on substitutions applied to photographic and filmic records through which the historical and the present are transmitted and constituted through a language of today. One could define her work as an archaeology of time and visual culture. By exposing, or even reexposing, archival material, Oppenheim bridges the past and the present by introducing new meaning to these historical images, often resulting in film and photographic projects.