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Installation

OKLAHOMA
LAND RUN

 

Installation by Thilo Fischer

w/ Lenore Blievernicht

Plotted fabric flag on cotton nettle

b/w, 1000 x 360 cm

archive photo: Kingfisher Free Press, 1889

"The ten-by-3.8-metre hanger on cotton nettle shows the "Oklahoma Land Run" with a print of an old original photograph. The picture shows hundreds of men who raced at the end of the 19th century to win a share of the last uncolonised settlement area in the USA, from which the indigenous population, mainly Cherokees, had previously been expelled. These runs marked the end of the Wild West, the frontier disappeared and the last remaining unorganised areas were declared US territory. On the one hand, this brings us to Kafka, who located his breathtaking artistic metaphor in the areas of Oklahoma that were still undeveloped by modernity at the time. And then we must also think of the ancient cultural land of the Klempenow Castle exhibition site in the Mecklenburg Lake District, the expropriation of the Junkers during the land reform, the time of the LPGs (=Agricultural Production Cooperative) and the fields that have since been transferred back and sold on, which will soon be converted into solar parks on behalf of shareholders, while the Ukrainian grain rots in the hands of the Russians and Africa starves."

Ulrich Seidler, Berliner Zeitung, 24 July 2022

Exhibited at Klempenow Castle

"Raststätte 1km"

30 July - 11 September 2022

Bert Neumann Association

with Kultur-Transit-96 e.V.

Funded by the BKM, the Bundesverband Soziokultur and NEUSTART KULTUR

Photo Credit: Bert Neumann Association

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