Claudia Rogge is a contemporary German artist known for her large-scale digitally collaged photographs. Elaborately compiled from images of ballerinas, nude revelers, and masked dancers within ambiguous or sublime backdrops, Rogge conjures bizarre theatrical scenes based on the Sistine Chapel. In her show “Ever After” (2011), she directly quotes from the regions of paradise, purgatory, and infernal hell of Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia.
The artist has said of her work, that she is “increasingly fascinated by the concept of the mass—by parades, choirs, refugees, concertgoers, rallies, football fans, exiles.” Born in 1968 in Düsseldorf, Germany, she studied communications and video in both Essen and Berlin before returning to her hometown. In 2002, her performance project Mob brought her recognition throughout Europe, and in 2009 she was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Rogge continues to live and work in Düsseldorf, Germany.