In 2004, the war on terror was in full swing and continued with the invasion of Iraq. During this time, the image of America got a crack for many people in Germany and Europe. I wanted an exhibition that would portray personal approaches, individual perspectives of young artists from here, from “old Europe” to the USA in their works.The exhibition was shown at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, from 09.12. to 19.12.2004.
From head to toe set on America, you stand to his country, you wear it on the body. Garments of all kinds wear a kind of national branding, a state-wearing sock by Viktoria Binschtok makes you smile, how much the total presence of the national flag in the US falls into the eye, as it would be unimaginable in Germany.
Everything is bigger in America. And the country has many white spots, all of which can be rediscovered in a monumental landscape. Anke Gesell shows footage of national parks in the state of Utah. The salt desert can be seen symbolically as the America of America: The Mormons were literally sent into the desert and founded one of the richest states in the United States of America.
Eiko Grimberg adds new photographs of US and especially New York stays. After previous publications and works, a deepening of the view on urban america is practiced again, urgent notices that make the mutual cultural exchange of the United States and Germany obvious.
“Embedded Journalism” became the buzzword of war coverage with the 2nd US Gulf War. Selected journalists are carried along by the fighting troops for propaganda-effective reporting in order to allow the viewer to participate directly in the event. In the installation “On Duty” Tobias Laukemper shows conspicuously unspectacular images of the staging of a controversial war.
About 50 years ago, the Swiss-based Robert Frank delivered a historical, genealogical reference to the exhibition with his famous photo series “The Americans.” It was the great reference that was shown in the form of the famous book.
Finally, there was my “freeman’s journal 3”, which shows pictures of American flags as a symbol carrier.