Hier wohnen wir (Matrix) 2020
potted plant, lamp, bin, bookshelf with 3 books and silicone, mirror, silicone mask, hook,
silicone on canvas, table with silicone asparagus, chair, PVC floor coating, small silicone objects
Installation-View Pop-up Pavillon, Kiel
In contrast to animals, there is no ecological niche for us humans
into which we exactly fit due to our bodies. Instead we construct an
environment around ourselves - a culture in which we fit. At the same
time an image is created of what is normal or natural in this environment
(and what and who doesn‘t). We assume that our view of the world is
normal, but instead it is normalizing. Our gaze - the gaze of the white
majority - is not neutral; it is white.
We represent the ideals of equality, freedom and progress, which we see
as achievements of the enlightenment. What we don‘t see (and don‘t
learn) is that even long after the enlightenment these values applied
only to the normal person; the white man.
Even though this culture was created and modified by humans over
generations, it looks as if it was grown by nature and is immutable. This
is our habitation, but do we really want to live here?