Elke Wohlfahrt
KulturExchange
Beetroots, earth, metal, timber
1.95×2.40×1.35 m

Award-winning Elke Wohlfahrt (German-born, lives in Sydney) makes paintings, sculptures, installations and video pieces about environmental topics like polystyrene cups and socio-political worries such as the silencing of nations, cities and suburbs. KulturExchange is about culture, memory, identity, disorientation and dislocation of migrants. 480 beetroots express migrants’ approaches to the issues of having a dual identity and being confronted with an inversion of their perceived normality. The work also explores how creating a new self-awareness can produce ambivalent feelings of either missing out on familiar things, or becoming familiar with new ones, depending on the migrant’s prevailing moods of optimism or pessimism.

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