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Desolation, 2014

Mixed media installation

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The work Desolation deals with the former gangsta rapper Deso Dogg from Berlin-Kreuzberg. Since 2012 he is in Syria fighting for ISIS. In his video channel he calls on young people in Germany to follow him into the Jihad. Henrike Naumann has taken away the images of the hateful videos and created a sound installation, that one can only experience alone.

Die Arbeit Desolation befasst sich mit dem ehemaligen Gangstarapper Deso Dogg aus Kreuzberg. Seit 2012 ist dieser in Syrien als Kämpfer für den IS und in seinem Videochannel ruft er Jugendliche aus Deutschland auf, ihm in den Jihad zu folgen. Henrike Naumann hat den Hassbotschaften die Bilder genommen und eine Soundinstallation geschaffen, die man nur ganz für sich allein erleben kann.

Henrike Naumann, Desolation (Köln), 2014, mixed media installation [consisting of black wall unit with tinted windows, black posture kneeling chair, MP3-player, black headphones]
Henrike Naumann, Desolation 1, 2014, mixed media installation [consisting of black wall unit with tinted windows, black posture kneeling chair, MP3-player, black headphones]

Mixed media installation [consisting of black wall unit with tinted windows, black posture kneeling chair, MP3-player, black headphones]

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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 the ’3rd. Herbstsalon’ at Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin, ’The Museum of Trance’ at the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), ’Intercouture’ at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias de l’Echangeur in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and ‚Aufbau Ost‘ at Galerie Wedding, Berlin. Henrike Naumann lives and works in Berlin.



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