Union

Braunkohle, 240 x 318 x 5 cm (2021)

With a share of round about 30 % of the total amount of electricity supplied, coal was the most important energy source for electricity generation in 2021 (an increase compared to 2020). 

As one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions, coal still forms the basis of our energy production. The systematic plastering of the coal briquettes during the exhibition at Künstlerhaus Sootbörn is not only meant to be approachable, but also walkable, in order to also evoke the concept of the “ecological footprint” in the space. 

The 700 briquettes bear the imprint “Union” of the german mining area, but within this work a political reference to the CDU/CSU (Union), which has successfully refused to consistently phase out coal for years and thus makes it more difficult to achieve the climate goals in order to serve lobby interests.

The laying of the individual parts over the entire floor area is an anologie to a systematic plastering. Here and there, however, the system begins to crumble, cracking and allowing cracks to appear.

Many thanks to Simon Heheman for the space (Künstlerhaus Sootbörn) and to Johannes Förster for the photos.

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