too beautiful to be true

The installation Too beautiful to be true was developed on the occasion of the exhibition Fine Arts in Saarbrücken, Germany. Masks which picture the eye- and mouth area correspond to the current ideal of beauty. When put on, however, they cause a contortion of the face. This is meant to show that artificially produced beauty is not always beautiful; instead it can evoke the very opposite. The pictures with the masks should be allegorical for effect of artifically produced beauty.

The visitors of the exhibition were free to take along an exemplar of the masks, which, not only inside the exhibition rooms, resulted in many unsettling reactions during the evening.

material: printed paper
photos: by Meike Harde