by Elvira Bach
Elvira Bach is a Berlin-based artist. In 1982 at the age of 29, she was invited to participate at the documenta VII, one of the most important modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Many of her works have been strongly influenced by her time spent as an artist in residence in the Dominican Republic.
A recurring and central theme in her sensually bright and vigorous paintings is the woman in her sexually-determined existence. It turns out that the similar-looking women depicted in her paintings is Bach herself. In 1978 she began to paint self-portraits often disguised as still-lifes, using an array of utensils and accessories with which she defines herself as a woman. Explicitly erotic elements dominated her work in the early 80s. In the late 80s, her work began to transform to a more reserved style.
Proceeds were donated to ACHSE.
ACHSE (‘Alliance for Rare Chronic Diseases’) was founded in 2004 as a common voice to represent an estimated three to four million people living with a rare disease in Germany.
ACHSE’s goal is to increase awareness of the needs and problems of those suffering from such diseases.
Presently more than 90 patient organizations have joined ACHSE to support each other, to exchange experiences and to strengthen their influence in the political arena.