Texte zur Kunst no. 118: Natascha Sadr Haghighian


As the corona crisis morphs into a wave of protest inspired by the police killing of George Floyd, in the US and beyond, the latest Texte zur Kunst drops on the doormat. The review section contains my piece on Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s exibition in Leipzig, Ankersentrum/Im Rücken die Alte Ordnung (he she they walked), which revisited the artist’s (or rather: Natascha Süder Happelmann’s) German Pavilion project at the most recent Venice Biennale, Ankersentrum.

The above image is a digital drawing from the series Tumult, which combines quotations by W.EB. Du Bois with images of competing press conferences (by the police and by migrants) about a police raid at Ellwangen refugee center. This particular drawing, with the battery of microphones not positioned before police officials but in front of a black void with the phrase “There was a lot of talk about us, speaking,” seems to have accrued even more emblematic power since I saw it in Leipzig several lifetimes ago, way back in February. As the storm of history intensifies, the project as a whole likewise only grows in relevance. The Ankersentrum publication (published by Archive Books) is recommended.