Rosemarie Trockel
Rosemarie Trockel: Untitled, 1996, Black-and-White photography; © (Rosemarie Trockel) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2003; Photo: Bernhard Schaub
Rosemarie Trockel: Untitled, 1996
black-and-white photography
© (Rosemarie Trockel) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2003
Photo: Bernhard Schaub

Two identical portrait photographs of a woman, one black-and-white, the other in color, are juxtaposed in Trockel's series Untitled  (1988-1996) with three similar portrait drawings of a poodle, two in charcoal, one in charcoal and colored crayon. The swiftly perceived similarities within each group are precipitously metamorphosed into the paradoxical impression of resemblance between the generically different subjects of women and animals, which now suddenly interact within a zone of indeterminacy. In imaginary metamorphosis the tousled hair of the woman turns into the curling hair of the poodles and vice versa, and the beholder begins to play with the feasibility of becoming-animal – a change of role which, like the mixing of genders in the B.B./B.B. series, immediately evokes liberating laughter about "genre" (portraiture, biological species, social group, minority group), i.e., laughter about the categorization of identity, the boundaries of which are apparently liable to become blurred of their own accord. ...

Gudrun Inboden, see ifa-english text book, p. 29