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14 words, 2018

Installation at MMK Frankfurt

"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.”

The store I’m building in Frankfurt will speak about the ideology of the Fourteen Words – this idea that some white people think they are in an eternal racial war, to create a “clean” society. It also refers to the killings of the NSU, which often killed people in their stores, shooting owners behind their desks. Their first victim was a flower seller named Enver Şimşek, who was killed in Nuremberg in 2000. The empty vases that will fill this store are white, some with holes in them, and which look like they have been shot, or pierced. I’m interested in this tension, this material violence." *

Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider
Henrike Naumann, 14 words, 2018, mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt, photo by Axel Schneider

Mixed media installation [90ies flower shop interior], exhibition view MMK Tower Frankfurt

* excerpt from an interview by Izabella Scott for studio international published 30/10/18
photos by Axel Schneider, Frankfurt

Henrike Naumann

Henrike Naumann was born 1984 in Zwickau (GDR). Growing up in Eastern Germany, Naumann experienced extreme-right ideology as a predominant youth culture in the 90s. Her work reflects on the history of the right-wing terrorism in Germany as well as on today‘s broad acceptance of racist ideas. She looks at the mechanisms of radicalization and how they are linked to personal experience and youth culture. Nauman explores the friction of contrary political opinion through the ambivalence of personal aesthetic taste. In her immersive installations she combines video and sound with scenographic spaces. In recent years she widened her focus to the global connectivity of youth cultures and the reversion of cultural othering. Notable exhibitions include solo shows at the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach and Galerie Wedding, Berlin, as well as participations at the Busan Biennale (2018), Riga Biennial (2018), Steirischer Herbst, Graz (2018), 4th Ghetto Biennale at Port-Au-Prince (2015), and the 3rd Herbsalon at Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin (2017).

Henrike Naumann lives and works in Berlin.



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