Reminiscent of Hollis Frampton’s film Nostalgia (1971), where photographs are burned to the sound of anecdotes, RHEE sticks Chocolate Kisses onto skewers and melts them in a kind of animist ceremony. This act is accompanied by extracts from Mark Twain’s essay The Awful German Language (1880) and his novel Huckleberry Finn (1884). The result is a complex web of references ranging from the 19th-century slave trade to the timeless intractability of the German language. Things come to a head when the slave Jim wins his freedom, visualised by smouldering Chocolate Kisses symbolising the end of racist idiom.
Text written by Anne Bitterwolf.
Voiceover: Sabrina Nelson and kate hers RHEE
Texts: The Awful German Language and excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Screenings and Exhibitions
Berlinische Galerie: Museum für Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, 2014 12×12 IBB-Videolounge, single channel video screening, curated by Anne Bitterwolf
centrum, Berlin, Germany,48 Stunden Neukölln, Stage and Café, curated by Marieke Spendel
SOMA Art Gallery – Berlin, 2016, If Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade, curated by Nabi Nara