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Bernard and Anna Blume

Margarete Roeder Gallery

For more than a decade, the Cologne-based couple Bernhard and Anna Blume have collaborated on performance-based photographic works that take the mores and mishaps of the German petty bourgeoisie as their subject. In one remarkable black and white series entitled “Im Wahnzimmer” (In the room of madness, 1984), a pun on the German word for living room, the Blumes—Bernhard roly-poly in a loud sports coat, Anna blurry in a dowdy patterned dress—try to recover their sense of balance while the cheap furniture and dishes in their apartment fly madly about.

In the series the Blumes exhibited here entitled “gegenseitig” (mutual, 1987–90), began with the idea of photographing each other with a Polaroid SX-70, cutting the pictures in half vertically, and reassembling them—one half-Bernard, one half-Anna. In practice, however, they ended up putting together different-sized fragments of their faces,

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