‘If Not, Not’ by Katja Seib explores narratives of fantasy and seduction, interlacing dreams and reality.
Two women, clearly in a changing room, primp before a mirror with the words “No more parties in Dusseldorf” written in neon above. Between them is a photograph reminiscent of Georg Herold’s sculpture ‘Anders als die Anderen’, transformed into a more seductive depiction of semi-naked cowboys.
The women exchange angry looks yet echo each other’s poses and are almost exact mirror images; combined with the pastel coloured walls and the eery yellow light, it is left ambiguous as to whether this is a dreamscape or rooted in reality. The exposure of the women’s breasts, along with the nakedness of the cowboys, suggests conflicting desire and sexual jealousy are at the heart of this oneiric world. What the women fight over, and who is being accused of wrong-doing, is deliberately left open for the viewer to decide.