Fidschi Saft für eine Gute Reise nach Hause

Fidschi Saft für eine Gute Reise nach Hause (Fiji Juice for a Nice Trip Back Home), 2017, 5 Fiji Water Bottles and the Artist’s Urine, 24,5 x 7 x 7 cm, photo credit: Aleks Slota

Fidschi Saft für eine Gute Reise nach Hause (Fiji Juice for a Nice Trip Back Home), 2017, 5 Fiji Water Bottles and the Artist’s Urine, 24,5 x 7 x 7 cm, photo credit: Aleks Slota

In 2009 the year the artist moved to Berlin, she was called a Fidschi on the street by a pair of hooligans who threatened her and her partner physically. A few years later while at a subway station, she overheard a man who had just asked her for a cigarette cry out, “Wo sind die ficken Fidschis?” He had apparently expected her to be selling illegal cigarettes. The word “Fidschi” has its origins in the DDR when those of Vietnamese or other East Asian descent were discriminated against and subjected to this pejorative insult. Ironically, the Fiji Islands located in the South Pacific Ocean became a representative location for all those of East Asian descent in the minds of many East Germans. The title of this work references the refrain of a song by the neo-Nazi band Landser, “Fidschi, Fidschi, Gute Reise.”

Exhibitions

SOMA Art Gallery, Berlin, If Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade, curated by Nabi Nara