‘Photographs state the innocence, the vulnerability of lives heading toward their own destruction, and this link between photography and death haunts all photographs of people.’
single-channel looping 3-min video work on DVD,
T-Shirts, letters of indulgence, wallpaper, old furniture – to mimic a hotel room.
Each framed work is a one-off, written and photographed by the artists. The short story is a fictional portrait (or is it true?) that depicts the last hours in the life of the person portrayed in the Polaroid. From poetic to grim these works tell of the place, its inhabitants and their vanities. They are set in locations as diverse as Cannes, Paris, Munich and Melbourne.
Accompanying each of these is a DVD of a looping 3-minute black & white Super8 film created by BORIS + NATASCHA. Death is played by Boris and recorded by Natascha in her notorious Super 8 style. An Ingmar Bergman-like character, Death in a black hood, holds a Polaroid camera. Every minute or so he takes a picture, seemlingly of a visitor to the room and the TV flashes.
(Death and his Polaroid, Super8 transferred to DVD, 3:00 min loop with sound, 2008)
Perhaps Death has captured your final moment? Are you next?
This weekend saw a hotel in Cannes taken over by a hard-partying cabal of artists from all over the world. Dazed went along to soak up some of the extreme weirdness. Highlights included BORIS+NATASCHA’s Death on Tour.
JOHN PAUL PRYOR, Dazed & Confused Magazine London, 3/08
One of our favourite exhibitions was created by BORIS+NATASCHA, who satirized our obsessions with eternal youth through consumerism. BORIS+NATASCHA, a Berlin/Australian duo, created an installation about achieving immortality through shopping, and during their exhibition, viewers could purchase T-shirts to make themselves death-proof.
TAMSEN GREENE, ZINK magazine, New York, Sep 2008