“When I turned 40 my colleagues at ZEITmagazin asked the artist and illustrator Christoph Niemann to draw a portrait of me as a birthday gift. I saw Niemann‘s abstract interpretation of my face: the color of my hair, the small lips, the big ears, my eyes behind round framed glasses combined with the letters Z and M in ZEIT‘s typo, which all made me look at myself as a caricature. It was me but in a stripped down way. I started using the painting as my profile picture on social media and for the daily newsletter I began writing this year. One morning, a couple of weeks ago, a neighbour, who hardly knows me, said: „You know what? Your face reminds me of that illustration on the ZEITmagazin newsletter.“ Afterwards I wondered if the abstract me had taken over for the real me…”