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Korpys/Löffler

Galerie Otto Schweins

A dead man, a soldier, is lying on the floor. He’s on his back, his legs outstretched. A brown branch that appears to originate from an unusual plant is boring its way through his head. It’s like an old horror film: brutal, but also harmless and artificial. Both man and tree are made of the cheap foam material used in the building trade for sealing joints. They’ve been spray painted: the man green, the tree dark brown.

On a monitor sitting on the floor in a far corner of the room behind the corpse a video is playing. There are buildings set in a green landscape. They are under construction—or have they already been destroyed? The camera moves slowly across the walls, showing stairs, unglazed window openings, doorways without doors. The buildings look unreal, like stage sets. No commentary, no music accompanies the images; now and then one hears the rustling of leaves or the chirping of

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