Silke Witzsch

28 Jul — 5 Sep 14


View of a street lamp on Ludwigstraße, photographed from below. As part of an art installation by artist Silke Witzsch, the national flag of Haiti is attached to the street lamp at half height. The flag has been artistically distorted by placing a camouflage pattern over the national flag.

Camouflag, 2014 © Foto: Silke Witzsch

With “Camouflag”, Silke Witzsch refers to the nations involved in the First World War and reminds us that political action is also guided by camouflaged interests.

Artist Silke Witzsch commemorates the First World War and the nations involved in it with a flag display on Ludwigstrasse. From Odeonsplatz to the Siegestor, 38 flags are displayed in the order in which the nations entered the First World War. Silke Witzsch digitally overlays the flags with military camouflage patterns. With this artistic alienation, she addresses the fact that to this day, the political actions of nations are always about camouflaging, disguising or even making connections, interests or concerns ‘invisible’.

The art project “Camouflag” deals with the themes of memory and national authority and their representation. It performs concrete work of remembrance and refers to the historical significance of Ludwigstrasse as a parade avenue and in its function as a magnificent backdrop. By ‘overwriting’ the national flags with camouflage patterns, they are deprived of their representative effect as national symbols. The result is an artificial and artistic hybrid that, as the project name itself suggests, combines ‘camouflage’ and ‘flag’: the camouflage pattern and the national symbol.

Silke Witzsch, born in 1967 in Kempten.



80539 Munich