This is the first international monographic exhibition dedicated to the work of Lorenza Böttner, an artist who painted with her feet and mouth and who used photography, drawing and public performance as ways of building herself a body, both politically and vitally, and to defend her right to exist freely against repression and the institutionalism to which transgender and functionally diverse bodies are subjected. Born as Ernst Lorenz Böttner in 1959 into a German family living in Chile, she suffered an accident when she was eight years old which resulted in the loss of both her arms. Educated in Germany, Lorenz was institutionalised together with the so-called “thalidomide children” (born with limb deformities as a result of the side effects of this sleep-inducing drug in the foetus) and was treated as “disabled”. Defying medical diagnosis and social expectations, Lorenz decided to study in the Kassel School of Art and Design and began painting and doing public performances, incarnating a feminine identity under the name of Lorenza Böttner. In the 1980s, she actively participated in the Disabled Artists Network alongside Sandra Aronson, and defended the existence of a genealogy of handless artists who worked with their mouth and feet. Free admission.


When: from 07/11/2018 to 03/02/2019

La Virreina Centre de la Imatge

Where: La Rambla, 99. Barcelona