Boss Rune

2 photographs, red and orange, sealed under plex­i­glass and mounted photo­graph H 46,3 cm x B 30 cm (Edition of 7) (Format 20,513) As T‑shirt: logo H 20 cm x 30 cm, White short-sleeved
Price 500 Euro 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)

In the artwork Boss Rune, a double s’ in runic char­ac­ters, remi­nis­cent of the SS symbol, replaces the double s’ in a Hugo Boss logo. Beneath this motif at an angle, the emblem has been repeated in mirror form.

The colours, black, red and white in Boss Rune, while evoking the current Hugo Boss adver­tise­ments for fragrance, also remind one of the Nazi party flag. In the decon­struc­tion and recon­struc­tion of this partic­ular company insignia, its history is brought to bear, for the fashion corpo­ra­tion Hugo Boss AG employed slave labour to produce uniforms for the Third Reich.


Concept Tanya Ury
Digital processing: David Janecek

Who’s Boss — a collec­tion of works:


2005 Group exhi­bi­tion, Opening 7 pm, 27th January, 28.1. – 27.3.2005, Boss Rune T‑Shirt and Boss Rune photos red and orange, Stets gern für Sie beschäftigt…” (”Always glad to be of service…”), ifa Galerie, Berlin (D) Opening 27th January, 28.1. – 27.3.2005,
2005 Group exhi­bi­tion, Opening 8 pm, January 28th, 28.1.- end April 2005, Boss Rune T‑Shirt, Schöne Grüße (Best Wishes), Propeller, Seume Strasse 23, Friedrichshain, Berlin (D)
2005 Group exhi­bi­tion, (28.5 – 3.7.) Who’s Boss, Stets gern für Sie beschäftigt…” (”Always glad to be of service…”), Prora Docu­men­ta­tion Centre, Rügen (D)
2005 (11.11. – 6.1.2006) Group exhi­bi­tion, Who’s Boss, Stets gern für Sie beschäftigt…” (”Always glad to be of service…”), Kunstverein Rosen­heim (Art Centre), (D)
2006 (28.8. – 3.9) Who’s Boss as Seminar presen­ta­tion, c.sides Festival, Jerusalem (IL)
2006 (3.11. – 24.11.) Solo exhi­bi­tion, 9 – 12 hours work­shop with pupils from the Anne-Frank-Realschule (secondary modern). Opening 20 Uhr 3.11., Bochumer Kulturverrat, (D)
2007 (4. – 7.4) Who’s Boss power point presen­ta­tion Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Salon K , Fashion, Appear­ance and Consumer Iden­tity, Popular Culture Asso­ci­a­tion, Thirty-seventh Annual Meeting, Boston Marriott, Boston (USA) www​.popu​lar​cul​ture​.org…
2008 (25.4. – 15.5) Who’s Boss: Boss Rune (T‑shirts),) group exhi­bi­tion, Open Space at the World-Ex-Posi­tion 08, Zentrum für Kunst­pro­jekte Vienna www​.open​space​-zkp​.org/… www​.meta​mute​.org/​en/no… (AT)
2008 (16. – 18.5) Who’s Boss power point presen­ta­tion in German, Limmud-Festival Werbellinsee (Jugen­der­hol­ungs- und Begeg­nungsstätte) www​.limmud​.de/​2008_en/… (D)

Publi­ca­tions & Press

Artist’s Writ­ings & Publications

2005 Stets gern für Sie beschäftigt…” (”Always glad to be of service…”) cata­logue, ifa Galerie, Berlin (D)
2006 (1418.6) Who’s Boss as archival mate­rial, Performing Rights Library a four-day confer­ence and accom­pa­nying programme of live events Perfor­mance Studies inter­na­tional (PSi) #12: Performing Rights, Queen Mary, Univer­sity of London (GB)
2007 (7) Publi­ca­tion of Who’s Boss article in Translate/​Narrate issue, volume 20, n.paradoxa, Inter­na­tional Femi­nist Art Journal, London (GB) http://​web​.ukon​line​.co​.uk/​n​.​p​a​r​a​d​o​x​a​/​#​c​u​rrent

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