How are you?, 2018, 2 Channel Video Installation, 18'44''. Orania, a white Afrikaner settlement in South Africa, gained global fame for being the ''Neo Apartheid” village, the manifestation of continual racism in South Africa.The work How are you? is based on a visit of the settlement, but utilizes the location only as a reference to racism. The situatedness becomes decontextualized through the fragmentation of the documentary footage, How are you? neither provides a narrative about Orania, nor a definition about racism, but instead uses the context to ask the question: Where does racism end, where does it begin? What are the boundaries of the white body, what is its relation, its connection to racism? What is the meaning of the white body in racialized system? How do I participate in, perpetuate racism through my body, besides my good intentions?
Black scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in the 40s:
My life had its significance and its only deep significance because it was part of a problem; but that problem was, as I continue to think, the central problem of the greatest of the world’s democracies and so the problem of the future world.
How are you? reverses his insights and problematizes the white body as the central axis of continual racism. How does it feel to be a white problem?
Lüderitz, 2017 (out of a series of 5). The work exhibits places of the concentration and death camps of the Ovaherero and Nama genocide conducted by the Germans in Namibia. The work enlightens the memory politics in independent Namibia regarding the genocide, reveals how the dominant narrative conceals not only the extend of the genocide, but banishes it public memory. Archival documents referring to the places were reenacted by Herero in collaboration with the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation and provided a second layer of meaning to the photographs. Daphne Fietz
Al Baba Sweets, 2017. Audiovisual work, which is based on 12 interviews with Euroamerican expats living in Beirut. The interviews focus on their image of Lebanon and their perceived role in Lebanon. In the work single utterances become intermingled to heighten rhetoric patterns of a eurocentric view. Begnning with common views on the chaos and beauty of Lebanon, the work relates these to an imagined urgency, the need help and “solve” problems and concurrent expectations of appreciation.
Al baba sweets, publication, 2017.The centerpiece of the publication are the transcripts of the interviews, which were commented by Lebanese. The publicaion also includes a introduction of the work, which contextualizes the work within decolonial theory.
Short tale, 8', 2016. 3 Channel Audio Installation which is based on a abstract play written by Daphne Fietz. The play is narrated from a pigeon's perspective and talks about migration, loss, modernity and identity.The voices build a canon, finding their ownrhythm through repetition, cacophony and stillness.
Spoken by Donia Touglu