Made in Dschermany


Exhibition identity for a major solo exhibition by artist collective Slavs and Tatars.

Made in Dschermany extends Slavs and Tatars’ artistic practice into German orientalism, philology and the country’s complex relationship with Islam, through the perspective of four letters: DSCH.

“The investigation of Germany’s rapport with Islam extended to the marketing material of exhibition which featured a list of words skewering the phoneme [ʤ] in German. As German lacks such a sound, the attempts to transliterate it reveal a conscious bias, depending on the origin of the word. Western words with [ʤ] are left alone – i.e., gin and tonic, Gentrifizierung (gentrification), Joggingschuhe (sneakers) – while words of Eastern origin are burdened with a clunky [dsch]: see Dschellaba, Dschungelfieber, Dschengis Khan.”

The exhibition was presented at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

with Slavs and Tatars