Mural by SETH

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Our new exhibition “Martha Cooper: Taking Pictures” not only shows numerous photographs by Martha Cooper, but also artworks by various international artists who find inspiration in the motifs of the US photography legend and adapt them in their very own artistic language. The largest adaptation in the exhibition is by the French street artist SETH.

SETH asked the young daughter of a friend to draw a well-known photograph of Martha Cooper. He then simply adapted this childlike work a little and added a few elements from Berlin’s cityscape. He found inspiration in a stroll through the streets of the capital, just as Martha Cooper did in New York when she took this photo in 1978 of children playing in the Lower Eastside, Manhattan.

At the URBAN NATION Museum, this mural links two sections of the exhibition: “Martha Remixed” features interpretations by international artists whose works honour the inspiring work of Martha Cooper. In the section called “Street Play”, Cooper’s photographs of children at play on the streets of New York, but also in Mexico, Haiti and other places are shown.

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