Unsere Neuen Landsleute

Unsere Neuen Landsleute

 

Performance (23h)

Object

2017

 

The artist Michael Rene Sell deals with the different phases of integration in four interrelated performances. His perspective is that of a German in Vienna. The cognitive phase (learning the language) is followed by the structural phase, in which, ideally, integration into working life takes place. Then, in the social phase, friends are made and social contacts are established. This stage leads to the identificative phase, in which one acquires the customs, traditions and practices of the host country. After the process is completed, the state of complete assimilation should be reached. In his performances, the artist mirrors these four integration steps up to complete assimilation (a man painted white in a room dressed in white). During the colonial period, "exotic peoples" were exhibited in so-called human zoos in European ethnological shows. These had previously been "imported" by traffickers into the onlooking countries. Michael René Sell's performance shows a frightening parallel to the current "refugee crisis".