Alienationist | Eliza Goldox | Franka Kaßner | Elana Katz | Armin Keplinger | Markus Merkle | Marcel Odenbach | Ann Schomburg | ...thabo thindi
Society and its institutions
are subject to permanent change: the impact of global events is felt locally
every day, familiar distinctions are being broken down by digitization, and
military struggles strive for territorial gain.
The concept of state
citizenship faces new challenges – and with it the institutions whose claim to
inclusion and solidarity goes hand in hand with transnational social movements.
From 20 October to 15
December 2023, Deutscher Künstlerbund presents the exhibition »G is for
German?« with nine artists who live and work in Germany. The focus is on ways
of thinking about the term »German« and its impact in everyday life and in art.
Which meanings are attributed to this term under changing societal conditions?
The ways and contexts in which the loaded word »German« can be used are full of
contradictions. There is the political reading with national and
male-patriarchal connotations that has an impact on grammar and the way we deal
There is the material and often ideational reading that denotes
belonging to a state whose passports are coveted and whose citizenship laws are
contested. This contrasts with the digital nomads whose newfound mobility
allows them to escape the idea of the nation state. Instead, they celebrate
community and often find themselves confronted with identity politics that
fosters isolationism and racism.
In their work, the nine
featured artists – Alienationist, Eliza Goldox, Franka Kaßner, Elana Katz,
Armin Keplinger, Markus Merkle, Marcel Odenbach, Ann Schomburg and ...thabo
thindi – look at events from German history and their impact on the present,
painting contemporary portraits of the relationship between origins and
belonging, attempting a reappraisal of the events in question, and developing a
counternarrative aimed at empowerment and change.
by Philip Kojo Metz
Hours of opening:
Tuesday – Friday | 2 – 6
pm and on appointment
Opening: Thursday, 19 October 2023 | 6 pm
Words of welcome:
Philip Kojo Metz,Curator and executive committee Deutscher Künstlerbund
Dr. Dorothea Schöne, Managing director and curator Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin
»The Silent Mass I Carry Around«, 2023
Accompanying events Saturday, 18 November 2023
Talk | 5 pm »Inside/Outside DKB«
with Franka Kaßner, Philip Kojo Metz and Albert