Horst & Maria: The Perfect Residents

Performance with Christian Jankowski
Kulturakademie Tarabya / Goethe Institut Istanbul
Publication: Jankowski: Horst & Maria (König Books)

Kasper Leisner und Charlie Stein

Horst & Maria are two fictional characters, created by Christian Jankowski and 27 other artists based in Germany, as part of an artist in residency program in Istanbul. The duo always wears blonde wigs and matching outfits. Only their names and haircuts indicate a difference in gender.

During their six-month stay at the Tarabya Cultural Academy 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 Walther König represents Horst & Maria’s time in Turkey across three different languages – German, Turkish and English. It was presented at the library/exhibition titled “House of Wisdom” curated by Collective Çukurcuma as part of the public program of the 15th Istanbul Biennial. The publication of the book was celebrated by a series of Horst & Maria performances.

Horst & Maria are:

Jan-Nicola Angermann / Ferhat Ayne / Min Bark / Sophia Bergemann / Natalija Borovec / Ezgi Böttger / Nora Dennenberg / Theo Dietz / Anna Gohmert / Lucia Gödicke / Andrea Éva Gyori / Anette C. Halm / Shaotong He / Gabriel Hensche / Sören Hiob / Benjamin Hönsch / Christian Jankowski / Bangjoo Kim / Jen Kratochvil / Kasper Leisner / Tünde Mezses / Kyunhye Min / Blerta Osmani / Jan-Hendrik Pelz / Charlie Stein / Johannes Hugo Stoll / Angela Vanini / Alicia Hernández Westpfahl


  Theo Dietz und Christian Jankowski