stampholder, stamps, borosilicate glass
H 100 × W 25 × D 25 cm
Edition of 6 + 1AP
Using Martin Gerhard Reisenberg’s comment as its starting point; ‘As soon as the first stamp exists, an office very quickly forms around it’, this piece affectionately comments on the German love of paperwork and bureaucracy, in the form of a series of ink stamps displayed on a stand, with words from German popular culture and history.
This piece was created for the typisch deutsch? (typical German?) solo exhibition at the MAKK in Cologne, where Sachs aims to reappraise cultural labels, to question stereotypes and open a discourse on German identity in the twenty-first century. Viewers are asked to contemplate German archetypes and clichés from a different perspective, questioning the very essence of what it means to be typisch deutsch.