Film installations
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Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019
Appropriation takes you on a weird ride, film still, 2019

Appropriation takes you on a weird ride

1 channel video installation, 4K, b&w/colour, stereo, 20 min., 2019

'Appropriation takes you on a weird ride' investigates the phenomenon of the socalled hobby Indians, an escapist movement and fringe group in the former GDR grounded in historic German enthusiasm for Native Americans, which has also been described as "Indianthusiasm." This fascination, especially with regard to the construction of national identity, has an impressive chronology: it begins with the first-century Germanic Cherusci chieftan Arminius and stretches to the adventure novels of Karl May and the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows in the 1800s, through the ethnographic exhibitions (Völkerschauen) in zoos and circuses and founding of “Indian clubs" at the turn of the twentieth century, onward to the appropriation of Indigenous identities by Nazi ideologists, up until the present day, when new right-wing groups have developed an unsettling identification with the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.

 

Video Installation
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Appropriation takes you on a weird ride,
1 channel video installation, 4K, b&w/colour, stereo, 20 min., 2019
(excerpt 2.07 min.)

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