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Miriam Cahn


Miriam Cahn was born in Basel in 1949. As a student at the Gewerbeschule in Basel from 1968 to 1973, she became involved in the feminist and anti-nuclear movements. This period laid the foundations for her work, which she envisages as a site of individual resistance and dissent and a means of denouncing forms of humiliation and violence. Over the course of three decades, her work has become an echo chamber for contemporary conflicts and their media coverage, from the Gulf War to the Balkan War in the 1990s to the geopolitical shifts that followed the “Arab Spring” and to the ongoing crises that have forced hundreds of thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa to migrate since the beginning of the 2000s. Today, her work offers a response full of rage to the war in Ukraine and the selective treatment of refugees at Europe’s borders.