Linder

Linder is known for her photography, radical feminist collage, confrontational performance art, and ties to the British punk scene. One of Linder’s most recognizable works of art first appeared on the sleeve of the 1977 Buzzcocks single “Orgasm Addict.” On the cover, Linder utilised what would become her signature mass-media collage strategy to adorn or violate—or, really, both—a classical nude female torso with mouths at the nipples and an iron in place of the head. By the time the single was released, Linder had already become a fixture in the Manchester punk and post-punk scene.

In many ways, her collage works from the period have much in common with the subversive practices of punk: Ripping things apart and reassembling them was a way of showing the counterfeit quality and construction of any social image. But Linder’s art went even beyond the rebellion of her underground musical counterparts. Much like Hannah Höch in the Weimar era, Linder fused capitalism, sexuality, violence, feminism, desire, morbidity, and hope in her collages. Linder has transformed herself many times as an artist since those first collages. She performed as the lead singer in the art-punk band Ludus. She’s applied those assemblage tactics to photography and her own portraiture.