In 2012, Swiss-based artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger challenged themselves to recreate iconic images in their studio. Scouring books with history’s memorable photographs, they used optical tricks to reproduce what seemed impossible to duplicate: pivotal moments that often triggered creative or political rebellion. What began as a joke has developed into an ongoing series involving in-depth research and a sense of play in re-staging these events. Cortis & Sonderegger seek to “outwit and question the documentary aspect” of photography. They want transparent forgeries with no digital “tricks”. These Icons are straightforward studio productions, not digital compositions; the inner image is the historical moment, while the outer background makes a snapshot of the present. Their aim is to raise questions in the mind of their audience about the temporal nature of experience and memory.