2013, Invasive plants ,solo exhibition, Lorch+seidel contemporary, Berlin

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The Series Invasive Plants consists of three works. Each is centered around a quote from the printed or spoken media , involving around the political-social situation in the region:

  • The Piece “ I count to one and fall asleep” (Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, on the radio program Ma Boer [burning issues], November 8, 2010)
  • “Usually healthy. Today he was beaten” is based on the article by Dan Even, "Suspicion: contrary to ethical rules, physicians did not report torture of a Palestinian detainee by a Shin Beth interrogator," Haaretz, March 14, 2010.
  • Brother, you can believe in stones, as long as you don’t throw them at me is both the title and the inscription of the assemblage, a part of the seriesInvasive Plants. This phrase, quoted from the Syrian-American psychologist Wafa Sultan (The clash of Civilizations, Al Jazeera TV, 21 February 2006) is embroidered onto the picture support in Arabic and appears in mirror-inverted form. Buzzing around in front of it are dark dragonflies, from which it seems to rain fungi and potato beetles. Visible in the background are cartographic contours of Israeli housing projects in East Jerusalem. In her series Invasive Plants, Kaffeman superimposes her aesthetically appealing glass objects onto embroidered citations on topics like aggression, oppression, and violence. The assemblage illustrated here was created in January 2013 during Kaffeman’s guest lectureship at the Institute for Artistic Ceramic and Glass in the Westerwald city of Höhr-Grenzhausen in Germany. There, she learned of rumors that circulated during World War II, according to which Allied aircraft dropped potato beetles on German soil as a biological weapon.