PINK YOGURT: A Childhood Behind the Iron Curtain – an autobiographical art show
By colormoods, Jun 26 2018 12:43PM
Set against the current backdrop of a similarly chaotic, fast moving political climate in Europe 'PINK YOGURT: A Childhood Behind the Iron Curtain’ is an attempt to go back and explore my personal memories of everyday life and education in the totalitarian system of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic, i.e., East Germany). For almost 3 years I have been working on an art project about school, military education, leisure, retail, individuality versus conformity and also the STASI – within the last years of the GDR – through the eyes of a schoolchild.
Who is the project for?
'PINK YOGURT’ is aimed at the growing up generation – school children that are at the same age as I was at the time of the political change in Germany. But I'm also reaching out to people of my current age and the generation of our parents and grandparents in both Germany and the UK. I am aware that the backgrounds of the particular age groups and individuals differ greatly and therefore the project provides plenty of opportunities for association, identification and discussion for a broad audience.
I'd like to excite or reawaken the awareness of intangible assets such as freedom of press, freedom of travel or the opportunity to develop and flourish as individuals. I’d like to commemorate this particular period of time, build connections between now and then and inspire people to appreciate today's social and political values which are increasingly becoming fragile again.