Barbie and Klaus

2002
Reproductions of 15 Hugo Boss postcards of 1998-99 winter fashion,
and reproductions of 4 postcards with illustrations of Spanish soldiers and their sweethearts from the 1960's (or 70's) are sealed under plexiglass and mounted.

Since 2010, Tanya Ury has been working on the research project Who’s Boss – Empire’s New Clothes, as PhD. in Humanities candidate at Leiden University, Institute for Cultural Disciplines (NL)

 

 

The Spanish postcards from the Franco era are watercolours of armed soldiers with their doll-like partners in romantic poses. The Boss cards show couples modelling clothes against a grey volcanic beach landscape. Some of the images feature the models covering their faces with cloth so that they appear to be anonymous and blindfolded, or terrorists and their victims; one leather coat design closely resembles those worn by the German Lufwaffe in WW2. The title makes reference to the Barbie doll, the first child's toy to be developed with an adult female body in America of the 1960's. Later, Barbie's partner, a male doll named Ken, came onto the market. Claus Barbie, known as the Butcher of Lyon, was a notorious mass murderer, a war criminal of the Third Reich.