Traces of an Imaginary Affair (2006)

Mixed Media, 1 Object 335/265/66, 9 C-Prints 400/300

Traces of an Imaginary Affair is a kit containing a set of nine tools which can be used to create an imaginary affair. These tools leave marks on the body, such as bite marks, carpet burns, bondage marks, love bites, scratches and bruises. In addition, probes of perfume, lipstick and hair can be applied to either the body or clothes. The project broaches the issue of intentionally instigated jealousy in relationships, which often serves to bolster self-esteem or to test the strength of partnerships. It was inspired by stories of people who used fake evidence of victimisation or illnesses to receive attention from others.

Photos in collaboration with Jonas Unger.