When Germans Are Having Fun

Wenn Deutsche lustig sind – Dokufiction (When Germans Are Having Fun) – New Works

In this series Joachim Seinfeld uses archival material showing scenes from German history. He mounts himself in historical photographs in various disguises staging different people representing different positions in the scenery. Thus our perception is sharpenend and our – sometimes – unquestioned approach to historical visual material is reflected on.

The first picture of this series, Wenn Deutsche lustig sind – Dokufiction: Asch 1938 had been carried out in 2005 for the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in the National Gallery, Prague. It shows the arrival of the German troups in the so called Sudetenland and was presented as a large format image (280×340 cm) on acetate. A  smaller version followed (180×240 cm). All other images so far are printed on baryta paper. The series is still developing and will include the entire German 20th century.

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