Reiner Ruthenbeck, ‘Umgekippte Möbel’ (1971)
‘Twelve stages in the sequence from the head of a frog to the head of a primitive man’ and ‘Twelve stages in the sequence from the head of a primitive man to the head of the Apollo Belvedere’
Colored etchings by Christian von Mechel after Lavater (1797). Wellcome Library, London
Timm Ulrichs, ‘Der erste sitzende Stuhl (nach langem Stehen sich zur Ruhe setzend)’ (1970)
Transl.: ‘The first chair sitting down (relaxing after standing for a long time)’
Nasan Tur, ‘Passport’ (2000)
Applying for a German passport, Nasan Tur let his mustache grow over several months, fitting the cliche of the Turk in Germany.
This small alteration in his appearance led to a complete change in perception of and reaction to him from the outside world in his daily life. In the circles in which he normally moved he was suddenly no longer welcome, and from a female point of view unsexy, whereas he was greeted with “Salem Aleykum” when walking past Turkish cafés and reaped enthusiastic compliments from aunts and uncles.