Broken Heroes, Patricia Waller

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Broken Heroes, Patricia Waller

Plushed over the edge...

If you owned a teddy bear when you were a child, this might be uncomfortable viewing. If you still own a teddy bear (get some help and) look away now.

Bert has hit the skids, begging for change on Sesame Street with a three-day beard and a bottle of pinot plonk. The pressure of fame has gotten too much for Hello Kitty, who’s looking to say bye-bye by committing seppuku with a kitchen knife. Costumed crime-fighter Spiderman has been hoist by his own webbed petard. And as for Minnie Mouse, well all we’re saying is Mickey had better have a good alibi and an even better lawyer.

Bad times for these Broken Heroes, the name of an exhibition by Patricia Waller at Galerie Deschler, Berlin, examining the cult of celebrity and the replacement of real heroes with manufactured personalities. Definitely not one for small children, you can see Waller’s twisted commentary until August 1st.

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