Manon – A Person

Manon – A Person

A Swiss Pioneer of Body and Performance Art

Manon – A Person is the first comprehensive study of this groundbreaking artist, showcasing the entire range of her work.



Title Information

Idea and concept: Brigitte Ulmer and Simon Maurer. Essays by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Jörg Heiser, Amelia Jones, Brigitte Ulmer, and Gianni Jetzer

1st edition

, 2008

Hardback (flexicover)

278 pages, 134 colour and 137 b/w illustrations

19.5 x 27.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-712-9

In cooperation with Helmhaus Zürich and Swiss Institute, New York


The Swiss artist Manon (*1946) has been a pioneer of female body and performance art since the 1970s. Her sensual environments and installations placed her in the limelight of the art world in 1974, and her radical performances and conceptual photo series assured her international fame. From the beginning of her career, her work reflected on the construction of identity, sexuality, and gender stereotypes, long before it became widely accepted or fashionable to do so. Manon – A Person is the first comprehensive study of this groundbreaking contemporary artist, featuring the entire range of her work, from the early Fetish Pictures to her most recent photographic series.

In addition to the more than one hundred color plates Manon – A Person includes essays by internationally renowned curators and critics, including Jean-Christophe Ammann, Jörg Heiser, Gianni Jetzer, Amelia Jones, Simon Maurer, and Brigitte Ulmer. Chronicling the life of an incomparable artist, from her days as a lingerie model and HR Giger’s muse to her success as a clothing designer and gender-challenging performance artist, Manon – A Person will be essential reading for anyone interested in the heady intersection of gender, fashion, and art.


The book was published to coincide with exhibitions at the Helmhaus Zürich and the Swiss Institute in New York.


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Authors & Editors

Jean-Christophe Ammann

Jörg Heiser

 is a Berlin-based Swiss publicist and art critic. He is co-editor-in-chief of Frieze art magazine and teaches as visiting professor at Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg.

Gianni Jetzer

Amelia Jones

Simon Maurer

Brigitte Ulmer