Untitled (Remember me)


Photograph and type on paper

23.9 x 16 cm (9 7/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

Two white frames are superimposed on a black-and-white background reproducing the layers of the skin. One has an oversized eye, the other the message "remember me", with stress on the last word. A relationship between subject, gaze and text is created.

Since the 1970s, Barbara Kruger has created a vast body of work based on black-and-white photographic reproductions of found images that serve as a background for more or less suggestive and ironic textual motifs. Her works evoke both advertising language and Surrealism. Presented as appealing posters with striking slogans, they deliver a stinging critique of various aspects of contemporary society, from machismo to impersonalisation and excessive consumption.

Untitled (Remember Me) was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection during the "Mapping the Studio" show (2009-2011) at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice.