Hannah Hoch was born in Gotha, Germany on November 1st 1889 and died May 31st, 1978. The piece above is titled Balance, made in 1925. The medium is photomontage with watercolor. The measurements are 30.5 by 20.3 centimeters. Balance is owned by the Institute Fur Collection. This piece sets two figures, each one a composite of young and old features, both male and female. There is tilting high wire and the two figures, one supporting the other on an unturned hand. In this piece Hoch expresses her finding balance as a bisexual in society, showing the shifting identities of women in the world. Photomontage is a technique used by a lot of Dada artist show a radical assault to traditional art form. Hoch quotes, ‘I wish to blur the firm boundaries which we self-certain people tend to delineate around all we can achieve.’
The Dada art movement started in Switzerland and eventually moved to New York, peaking in 1916 through WWII. The movement was formed by artist reacting to the First World War. Dada art was anti-art. Dada artist rejected the standards of beautiful contemporary art and instead wanted to show people the violence, chaos, irrationality of failing politics causing the war.