Sound Installation / Choir concert / Vinyl-Record (2020/2023)
Seven horn speakers, digital amplifier, USB, steel tripods, corsds, printed flag, flag holder

Sound Installation
odp Galerie / Leipzig

The slogan "Bread and Roses" goes back to the demands of American textile unionists at the beginning of the 20th century for fair wages (bread) and a decent working and living environment (roses). As a result, he found a place in the collective memory of the workers' and women's struggle in a variety of ways, which is the starting point for the sound installation.

Growing up in the west of Germany in the 1980s, Anna Schimkat‘s childhood memories were shaped by the songs of female music groups such as the Darmstadt "Hanns Eisler Chor", which campaigned for peace and women‘s rights in Germany. The political song was a cen- tral part of social reality in the GDR, in which the relevant goals of the women's movement seemed to have already been implemented. Unlike women in the West, women in the GDR generally did not feel structurally disadvantaged; the political songs were less an element of political mobilization than part of a collective conformism. From the late 1970s, a subcultural public in literature and fine arts received a critical perspective on the question of actual gen- der equality and state reprisals against women in the GDR, for example through the group of women artists around Gabriele Stötzer EOG (Erweiterter Orgasmus Gruppe) from Erfurt

In the work "Bread and Ro-ses" various perspectives on the women's movements in East and West are documented using personal auditory memories of those involved at the time. The melody and text fragments determined in interviews and discussions are reinterpreted by Leipzig singers and presented uncommented in space as a multi-channel installation. For the first time it is possible for women who have been socialized in two political systems to raise their voices together. At the same time, the topics and perspectives of that time are transported into the present and the listeners are asked to position themselves spatially, temporally and in terms of content.

Text: KKR

Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig
March 4, 2020

As part of the exhibition "Conscious Inability: The Gabriele Stötzer Archive #3", Paula Gehrmann und Gabriele Stötzer

To be published in 2023 on LP by Fragment Factory

Hanns Eisler Chor, Darmstadt - Bettina Schimkat, Ingrid Schmidt-Viertel, Dr. Eva Gutheil, Renate Gieg
EOG (Erweiterte Orgasmus Gruppe), Erfurt - Gabriele Stötzer, Verena Kyselka
Musikpädagogin und Chorleiterin, Gotha - Dr. Susanne Polcuch

Singer installation:
Lea Oelkers, VeraSeyffert, Dorothee Schicht, Nina Stühring, Deborah Jeromin, Johanna Posenenske, Stefanie Spiegler

Singer recording:
Henriette Aichinger, Clara Ehrenwerth, Kristin Elsner, Marie Kraja Lea Oelkers, Johanna Posenenske, Josefine Poser, Juliane Schmidt, Vera Seyffert

Aufgenommen bei Nebo Klak, Leipzig 2022