Andrea Robbins and Max Becher have been working collaboratively since they met in 1984 while studying at Cooper Union in New York. Robbins then went on to study at Hunter College School of Art, New York, while Becher studied at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Working with photography, video and digital media, they document what they call the ‘transportation of place’, situations in which a place or a culture strongly resemble another distant one.  They define ‘place’ as a location in space and time, as well as an ideology or a cultural identity. Their work focuses on German colonial cities located in Namibia; descendants of American slaves who were freed in the Dominican Republic; and London Bridge, which was relocated to a lake in Arizona. 

Since the eighties, they have exhibited in venues and museums in Europe and the United States, such as the Kunstverein Hamburg (1994), American Fine Arts, New York (1999), Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2003), Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2005) and Heidelberg Center for American Studies (2018). Their work is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and MACBA, Barcelona.

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