Horst & Maria are two fictional characters, created by Christian Jankowski and 27 other artists based in Germany, to be part of an artist in residency programme in Istanbul. The duo always wear blonde wigs and matching outfits. Only their name and haircut indicate a difference in gender. During their six month stay in Istanbul, Horst & Maria have sequentially been “inhabited” by all 28 artists. Together they recorded their individual experiences through a series of photographs and a shared diary.
The 568 page book published by Walter König represents Horst & Maria´s time in Turkey across three different languages – German, Turkish and English. It will be presented at the House of Wisdom during the Istanbul Biennial. The publication of the book will be celebrated by a series of Horst & Maria performances.