This exhibition explores how art engaged with social realities in the post-unification Germany. Artists applied the methodologies they had developed in the late GDR to the new situation, but often found their practices and lives invisibilised or overwritten by the new realities. Many of their methods and motifs were illegible within the re-unified Germany’s cultural system and the art market’s economies. The search for a (new) language of their own is still going on. In the works of this and the following generations, this search has become part of a broader movement towards a more diversified art. ›Paradise Vacancy,‹ ›Stasi Sauna,‹ ›Gender before Gender,‹ ›Becoming a ‘Wessi’‹ are artistic and curatorial case studies that are activated and confronted with one another in a scenography developed by Suse Weber.
Case studies and contributions by: Bakri Bakhit, Tina Bara, Nadja Buttendorf, Can Candan, Yvon Chabrowski, Harun Farocki, Rainer Görß/Ania Rudolph, Jörg Herold, Bernd Hiepe, Margret Hoppe, Susanne Huth, Wilhelm Klotzek/Peter Woelck, Silke Koch, Eric Meier, Minh Duc Pham, Andrea Pichl, David Polzin, Sabine Reinfeld, Sophie Reinhold, Elske Rosenfeld, Tucké Royale, Wolfgang H Scholz, Gabriele Stötzer, Achim Valbracht, Anna Voswinckel/Beatrice E. Stammer, Suse Weber, Anna Zett/Hermann Heisig
nGbK project group: Bakri Bakhit, Elske Rosenfeld, Wolfgang H. Scholz, Anna Voswinckel, Suse Weber