Henrike Naumann. 14 Words

14 Words, 2018
mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt

image courtesy of the artist, and Kow, Berlin

I’m currently installing an exhibition in Frankfurt, part of Because I Live Here, a group show at the MMK, in the middle of the banking district. The installation is called 14 Words and, for it, I’ve transported a 90s flower store from East Germany to Frankfurt. After rebuilding it, I will fill it with objects: no flowers, only empty vases. The group exhibition looks to racism in Germany, going back to the 1970s. I’ve been looking back to the roots of contemporary white supremacism and a neo-Nazi group known as the Order, who were active in the US in the 1980s. One of the group’s founding members, David Lane, established the Fourteen Words, a set of slogans derived from Hitler’s Mein Kampf, that have formed the basis of white supremacism. The most famous slogan is: “We must secure the existence of our people, and a future for white children.”HENRIKE NAUMANN, Studio International, October 30, 2018.

Because I live Here is on view at MMK Tower in Frankfurt until March 31, 2019.


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