Where do I come from?


Where do I come from? "Why do you desire to establish an exact definition of my difference? Why do you assume I desire, and am able, to define this difference to you?" In reference to the work of Harshbrowns. January, 2013. In collaboration with Verena Melgarejo Weinandt.

This was the first work where Verena and I collaborated alone. We had met in the working group Platform Geschichtspolitik at the Academy of Fine Arts and had quickly shared a longing for  a collective that would worked with issues around the Latin American diaspora in Vienna. I came to her place and she told me of this character she had been developing in her head: "Pocahunter" a wordplay around the figure of Pocahontas, created as an anticolonial rebel that instead of marrying John Smith, ends up decapitating him and carries his head around. I illustrated Pocahontas and came up with the phrase "Where do I come from? From up South" which later I reworded into Where do I come from? This way". Verena then printed the illustration files and serigraphied them one by one. Later that year I co-organized the second edition of the AAAAR A(u)ction and we donated one copy to the event. Not long after Verena incarnated Pocahunter in an street performance organized by MAIZ and in a video performance in Argentina.