stained chestnut, 17 badges
H 10 × W 118 × D 10 cm
edition of 3 + 1 AP
An ode to the German virtue of Wanderlust – to venture in to the unknown; to find oneself – this piece is a celebration of this aspect of German culture. These walking sticks, previously covered in badges that once showed popular walking destinations, are now humorously updated with Germany’s most popular holiday spots.
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.