Haus der Kunst Award 2007

Munich artist Tatjana Busch has created her sculptures “Global, while I was sleeping I” and “Global, while I was sleeping II” to address globalization and its ramifications faced by all of us.


It appears as though our world is getting smaller and smaller. As a result, nations play a lesser role than some 20 years back. Europe is, it would seem, a united continent comprising a great number of nations that share the euro as a common currency, with some exceptions. But there are forces countervailing that unity, such as each country’s language, national anthem, and, above all, national flag. Tatjana has applied herself to the iconography of flags, questioning it through her very own medium of sculpture and, from way up on a flagpole, bringing it down to earth. What continues to make a flag a flag? Is it just about a composition of colors? What do flags symbolize these days? And, as hinted by the works’ titles, do we perhaps need to ask whether and when this fusion of identities, of nations, took place? Was it while we were sleeping? Or dreaming?


What is significant is that Tatjana has made these two sculptures of flags, whose titles are almost identical, face each other. In spite of the material chosen, aluminum, their shape suggests flow and movement. They appear to lean towards each other, just like two people would as they talk to each other. Their appearance suggests a phantomlike quality eternalized in a specific and solid shape. The countries’ glaring and proportionate colors seemingly want to unite to form a global conglomerate. Still, they remain separate in their own way, just like accents and dialects that continue to be distinct in a peculiar fashion.


Chris Dercon, Julien Lorz, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2007