She, born in Dublin in 1965, and he, born in Baden in 1962, have been working together as a collaborative artist duo since 1990.

In their primarily photographic and filmic works, the artist duo creates new forms of storytelling and, in the process, examines mechanisms of memory and history and their influence on the collective values of society.

Bust, 2017

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Images 2/18, 17/18, 18/18: Bust 2017, installation, detail. Courtesy: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin. Photo Credit: Ugo Carmeni

For their presentation in the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017, the artist duo Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler occupied itself with the life and legacy of Alberto Giacometti. In the pavilion, they are showing a fictitious-documentary work about Flora Mayo (*1899), an up to now barely known American artist who studied in Paris in the nineteen-twenties and was Giacometti’s lover at the time.

A bust that Flora made of Alberto has only been handed down by means of a photograph of the couple. The bust was modeled at the Kunstgiesserei St.Gallen based on the historical photograph. The newly cast sculpture is exhibited with a reproduction of the photograph in the Giardini in Venice along with the two-sided projection of the Flora film installation, a fiction that shows the artist in her studio in Paris while working on that very bust.