An imaginary affair to remember

Photos in collaboration with Jonas Unger.

Björn Franke’s “Traces of an Imaginary Affair” is a kit consisting of nine tools that will expedite the end of most relationships by providing the physical evidence–bite marks, carpet burns, scratches, lipstick and perfume residues, and such–of a passionate, but imaginary affair.

The project broaches the issue of intentionally instigated jealousy in relationships, which often serves to bolster self-esteem or to test the strength of partnerships. It was inspired by stories of people who used fake evidence of victimisation or illnesses to receive attention from others.

If you’re one of these people, then I speak on behalf of the rest of us when I plead that you stop. If you want attention, just ask me for a hug.