Vera Isler-Leiner

In 2015, the object maker and photographer Vera Isler-Leiner (* 1931) joined us for many years as a friend and inspiring artist. She was an absolutly impressive and extraordinary person. Of Jewish origin and survivor of the mass murder of the Nazis, she was at home in Switzerland and lived and worked as well in New York. Characteristic for Isler's multi-facetted oeuvre are self-contained artistic and thematic creative phases. Between 1978 and 1984 she dealt extensively with objects and reliefs on the subject of genetics and genetic research. Later she moved to photography. At the center of Vera Isler's photographic work has been portrait photography since the 1990s, which brought her international recognition. Inspired by Heinz-Günter Mebusch, she developed her own style, creating large-scale portraits of famous artists consistently in their own environment. At the age, she started again a very fresh group of works with video and stills: Bits + Pieces, where she set folks New York's  infamous 42nd Street  a lasting monument before it was "cleaned" on the orders of the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.