The catalogue accompanies an exhibition at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, which for the first time is devoted exclusively to contemporary silhouettes. In recent years, young artists in particular have discovered the medium of paper cutting. They experiment with unusual techniques and materials and conquer three-dimensional space. Since the 1970s, Felix Droese has for the first time understood the traditional paper cut as a political medium. Olaf Nicolai and Martin Assig, on the other hand, orient their ornamental pictorial designs on the silhouettes of Philipp Otto Runge. In her works, Kara Walker plays with the seemingly romantic-idyllic silhouette and attacks American racism through allegorical scenes in her wall projections. However, Cut not only shows new perspectives on silhouettes, but also on related shadow theater, such as William Kentridge's film "Shadow Procession" or Ulla von Brandenburg's black-and-white stage brochures. Charlotte McGowan-Griffin's large-format installations ironically unite the fairytale aspects of silhouettes with the surreal world of obscurations. The exhibition and catalogue show around 50 works, including works by Gabriele Basch, Michael Bauch, Jeanne Faust, Katharina Hinsberg, Julia Horstmann, Philip Loersch, Rupprecht Matthies, Annette Schröter and Stefan Thiel.