Over the years a few photo­graphic double portraits have tran­spired as part of Ury’s oeuvre. These have been assem­bled in diverse manner – the exten­sive Photo and Text series Hermes Insensed, points to a close inter­weaving of her personal and artistic life: she asked friends and colleagues to greet one another with a hand kiss”, to court and to recon­cile them­selves with one another; then she photographed them. Franco and Elke J. was a digital collage, a double-profile-portrait combining the image of a Spanish 25 peseta coin from 1957 and a cutting from a German maga­zine in 1994. lesser is me more or less features the artist Tanya Ury to the right of the picture, sitting in three-quarter view — digi­tally incor­po­rated into the photo­graph and facing her to the left, is the German Impres­sionist Lesser Ury, Tanya Ury’s great-grand uncle, in a repro­duc­tion of his Selb­st­portät mit Dunklem Hut’ (Self-portrait with dark hat). With Your Rules, the photo­graphic image of the artist’s hand stretched out, the word Boss’ hand-sewn into her palm, is combined with a a poster adver­tising Hugo men’s cologne your fragrance’, on which a young man displays his hand inscribed with the hand­written logo your rules’. Similar to lesser is me more or less, or else features the artist Tanya Ury to the left of the picture, sitting in three-quarter view, where digi­tally incor­po­rated into the photo­graph and facing her to the right is the German-Jewish author Else Sara Ury (18771943). With Du bist Einstein the artist Tanya Ury is featured with a pipe; she faces the viewer but gazes to the right, where digi­tally incor­po­rated into the photo­graph, is a portrayal of Albert Einstein, with pipe; he is not a double, as in Ury’s artwork doo bee doo, however. In both double portraits doo bee doo and Du bist Einstein, Ury dresses and poses simi­larly to Einstein – she mimics his facial expres­sion. With Artistic freedom, the 9 photographs taken on the premises of a former Stasi prison in Berlin, are also digi­tally collaged self-portraits, in which Tanya Ury appears twice herself however, once as perpe­trator and again naked, as victim.

Double Portraits — a collec­tion of works:

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