The Hangman's Lot
A poor child is left to stew in a cauldron; a father beheads his sons without reason or remorse; a beautiful young girl devours a wolf’s heart… Ingo Schulze and Christine Traber pick up familiar motifs and turn them into new stories, sustained by a resonating beat that carries the distant echo of infancy. But for all the familiarity, there is no hint of nostalgia or glorification here; the mesh of myth and modernity allows room for contradictions to seep in. The fairytale characters are thoroughly disambiguated divested of their clear-cut roles. Who is good? Who is evil? And what remains when all our hopes for a happy ending have been dashed? Ingo Schulze and Christine Traber play fast and loose with the genre. Couched in the familiar garb of fairytale narrative, they create a realm at once archaic and contemporary. Sebastian Meschenmoser’s illustrations lend this vertiginous realm a graphic dimension which further intensifies its unsettling impact.