Ulrike Ottinger (Konstanz, Germany, 1942) is an artist, film director, photographer and a key figure in the New German Cinema (Neuer Deutscher Film or Das Neue Kino), which began in the late 1960s and lasted into the 1980s. The movement spoke for an alienated generation who came of age in the decades immediately following the Second World War, and explored national, political and cultural identity. A feminist pioneer, Ottinger incorporated sexuality, the body and music in her work as identifying features of the new attitude embodied by the movement.
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I like to work with what is often called "cultural heritage", but the materials that I use are banal and clichéd, like sugar blocks, doors, couscous, rugs, official documents.
Latifa Echakhch