The Macht Liebe catalog is about love and desire. About bodies, desiring and desired, their indomitability, their tenderness and their brutality. It is also about power and politics, the power wielded by the flesh and the politics inscribed in the skin.
With Macht Liebe, Anne Morgenstern invites us to join her in an exploration of the relationship between body and identity, and in a subtle, yet constant deconstruction of social norms and expectations surrounding the body. The rigorously edited and sequenced stream of images in this publication allows questions to gradually emerge in our minds: what makes a body beautiful and desirable? What makes a body normal, and who decides that a body is outside the norm? How are our identities anchored in our bodies, and how do our bodies allow us to perform these identities? How are these identities negotiated? How do our relationships with our bodies change and evolve? How do we desire, how do we act in response to those desires?
The corpus of images brought together in the catalog Macht Liebe was exhibited for the first time at the Center de la photographie Genève under the title Indocile et Tendre.