You & Me München

You & Me München / Ory Dessau 

These two figures, a boy and a girl, are like screens onto which we can project every boy and every girl, as well as the boy and the girl within us. The figures all the boys and girls in the world, and they represent one specific boy and one specific girl we decide upon and identify with each time a new.

 

The artistic characterization of the figures has a universal aspect which speaks about the human condition on a general level, but the it is also like a code engaging in a subtle social critique. A careful examination of each of their attributes affiliates the figures with a concrete social section. Both seem to have curly hair identifiable with African minorities in Europe and the U.S. The girl spins a hula hoop. She is metaphorically trapped inside a limited framed space and can only spins around herself. The boy holds a ball in one hand, while his other hand is in a pocket. He is confined to the stereotype of the African-american minority as sportsmen, and by keeping his hand in the pocket, his posture projects social passivity.     

 

The text written around the bottom part of each of the figures brings the drawing back to the universal, all-human level. The text speaks about love, and the certainty and uncertainty involved in our self-image as loved human beings. It resonates the cross-border need and desire to love and be loved. 

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