DES NACHBARS GARTEN
Des Nachbars Garten explores neighborly relations at different scales: ﬂeeting moments of solidarity, micro, conﬂicts, transnational movements, pan-continental strifes. While some are optimistic or idealistic, others are confusing, contentious, nostalgic; and then there are the outright absurd. The exhibition brings forward these stories in the most ubiquitous of ways — using everyday supermarket products. Thinking of ways to pass these stories on, we looked at histories—botanical, etymological, political—of different foodstuffs present here. They are packed neatly onto shelves not unlike those found in stores across this country, and this part of the world, each referring to a more or less clearly defined geographical area, along with the most rudimentary imaginations thereof.
As they stand here like a non-exhaustive collection of some (contemporary) historian obsessed with packaging design, they also crack open the perpetually intertwining global relations in all their gore and glory.