Thomas Ruff photographs Fabio Morabito text Barber & Osgerby case
In Underground Inspector, writer Fabio Morabito gives his take on the relationship enjoyed by East and West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the distance and peculiar poetry that characterize his prose. He describes the daily life of an East Berlin underground inspector, a philandering husband forced by his profession – and his incontinence – to repeatedly walk across the Wall underground, since “the subsoil knows no political frontier”. After the fall of the Wall, the inspector vanishes, leaving nothing behind him save eight photographs that picture his mistresses’ homes.
In order to build a perfectly smooth, airtight steel plank that mirrors the no-way-out constructions photographed by Thomas Ruff, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby borrowed a process from the automobile industry that enabled them to machine the aluminium with the precision of a micron.
8 original signed photographs (Chromogenic prints), set in photo-corners
Case made of cast aluminium
36,5 x 29,5 x 3,5 cm
Text in English and French
Limited edition of 40 copies