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August 10, 2011

[MSNBC] Spies from former communist East Germany demonstrate the art of disguise by donning fur wigs, fake mustaches and dark glasses in a Berlin exhibition of recently uncovered and once highly classified photographs.

German artist Simon Menner, who put together the exhibition “Pictures from the Secret Stasi Archives,” said it should show how something that seems harmless, such as these images that could be shots from a spy film spoof, can harbor danger.

“These were used during courses on how to dress up and blend into society,” the 33 year-old artist said. “They seem pretty absurd now, but it was meant seriously — this is evil stuff.”  (read)

Conscientious: images from the Stasi archives

Exhibition website 

Stasi Archives (in German)

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  1. August 10, 2011 6:39 pm

    so interesting, especially in connection with the novel i am analysing for my book, if the author had known about this, i am sure he would have included some references to it. there are many Stasi-satire passages (and the agents are made to appear ridiculous, for ex. when they meet to discuss about strategies to counteract the capitalist offensive of post-structuralism, which is understood as stratagem to take over the structure/system of the post in the Democratic Republic :-). of course, their own Stasi-office is disguised as a post-office, and they too practiced to learn how to “blend in” with the society, as these photos here grotesquely show.

  2. August 10, 2011 6:50 pm

    so if the exhibition itself wasn’t enough to already draw you to it, now you really have no excuse not to go.

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