Dorothea Viehmann was one of main sources for the tales of the Grimm Brothers. She was born as Catharina Dorothea Pierson in Rengershausen, near Kassel as the daughter of Jean Isaac Pierson, owner of a tavern and Martha Gertrud Spangenberg.
In this series titled “Transgeneration,” photography is the product of a performance in which I become different men and women throughout my family history; I recreate a moment lived by an ancestor using my body as a vehicle. In order to accomplish this, I use costumes and characterization, I let my hair or beard grow, I shave, at times I wear prosthetics. I perform all the necessary acts in order to appear as similar as possible to the character I am going to play.