Anke Feuchtenberger

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Anke Feuchtenberger was born in the East Berlin, where she studied graphics at the Kunsthochschule. She makes illustrations and comics in a very recognisable style, drawing naked, mostly female, childlike creatures with huge heads, who usually wander through dreamlike landscapes. Her fantastically haunting stories are a mixture of nightmare and fairy tale. Her first book, Herzhaft — lebenslänglich, appeared in 1993, and she has produced a new book almost every year since, two of which, Die Hure H (1996) and Die kleine Dame (1997), were made in collaboration with storyteller Katrin de Vries. Her other works are Mutterkuchen (1995), Somnambule (1998), Die Biographie der Frau Trockenthal (1999), Der Palast (1999) and Das Haus (2001). Most of these were published by the German publishers Jochen Enterprises and Reprodukt (with two French editions by L’Association; the only English publication is W the Whore by the Belgian Bries). Recently, she collaborated with the Israeli collective Actus Tragicus on a graphic novel The Crossing, which appeared in the book Happy End, and co-edited the female only comics anthology Echolot. Feuchtenbergerowa, as she likes to call herself, has had many exhibitions throughout Europe and in New York. Once a month she illustrates essays for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and when she finds some spare time, away from her picture-stories, she produces graphic art and works on her first animation film. Since 1997, she has been a professor of art at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Hamburg, where she also works and lives.