Cucumber's Paradise, 2018
Installation, reinforced concrete
Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin
The work Gurkenparadies explores the contrast between the city and the periphery: in contrast to the curated urban space, the periphery is more unregulated and out of the norm. It represents a space of possibility (Möglichkeitenraum) for a variety of different uses. In addition to people who are pushed to the outskirts, there are also those who turn their backs on the core city and deliberately choose a life in the outer edge. The periphery attracts people with the image of a self-determined life. It is a paradise for dropouts and the self-sufficient. The installation Gurkenparadies uses the picture of the cucumber, which, as a result of the EU cucumber regulation, has become a symbol of over-regulation. Ironically, the EU cucumber regulation has been abolished some years ago, but the food industry still follows it. In the work, the city is regarded as a regulated, standard emblematic cucumber. However, the periphery represents a crooked but free cucumber outside the norm. It stands for self-cultivation and personal initiative, as well as for laissez-faire and urban sprawl.