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Cyrill Lachauer, The Adventures of a White Middle Class Man (from Black Hawk to Mother Leafy Anderson), No. 12, 2016–17, C-print, 31 1/2 x 25 5/8".

Cyrill Lachauer

Berlinische Galerie

Cyrill Lachauer, The Adventures of a White Middle Class Man (from Black Hawk to Mother Leafy Anderson), No. 12, 2016–17, C-print, 31 1/2 x 25 5/8".

The title of Cyrill Lachauer’s exhibition “What Do You Want Here” is a phrase the German artist heard often as he traveled through neglected, sometimes impoverished regions of the American West and along the Mississippi River. There, he made films and photographs that he calls “narrative landscapes,” inhabited by the cultural and historical references that initially preoccupied him as a student of ethnology—a discipline he ultimately abandoned in favor of the radical subjectivity of making art.

His film Dodging Raindrops—A Separate Reality, 2016–17, retraces the steps of Carlos Castaneda from Los Angeles to Nogales, Arizona—as recounted in A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan (1971), one of the fictional works that Castaneda passed off as serious anthropological study. It includes a series of vignettes featuring characters whose largely staged

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