"where we come from" solo exhibiton at Improper Walls Gallery 2020
In a collage of contemporary aesthetics and traditional values, new and old, the exhibition tries to dismantle the main historical reasons why we function and communicate as we do in a family context.
Which circumstances and events have shaped the generations before us – and how do they still form the roles we expect ourselves to take on in today’s society?
This first solo show featured inherited handkerchiefs and a duvet cover painted with various photos of Käthe's family, her
great-grandmother’s pre-suicide diary permanently sealed in a frame, a cross-stitch light collage, and an installation consisting
of her grandmother’s funeral garments and dowry items.
The center piece of the show was an altar which consisted of found objects and a self-made triptychon.
By assembling those particular items, Käthe refers to the historical reasons for the discomfort that oftentimes haunts family histories,
such as generational trauma inflicted by the cruelties of the Nazi regime, or the oppressive structures of the Catholic church.