Rosa für Jungs. Hellblau für Mädchen

Year: 1999 Type: Print publication Languages: German, English Price: 13.00 € Format: 18,6 x 27,5 cm, softcover, adhesive binding Scope: 96 p., numerous images, color ISBN: 978-3-926796-58-5

(Pink for Boys, Pale Blue for Girls)

At first glance, the design of this catalog for the exhibition of the same name at the nGbK and at Kunstamt Kreuzberg/Bethanien makes it look like a glossy magazine—but the focus here is not on fashion. Originally, the work group was interested in questions like “What is childhood?”, “How is childhood made?”, or “How does childhood manifest itself?” After extensive discussions, the members decided to present the results as an exhibition. The title refers to the patterns that continue to shape child-raising, as the distinction between the categories of “female” and “male” begins immediately after birth. For this project, everything was turned around—the works on show, by artists including Peter Friedl, Carsten Höller, Isa Melsheimer, Tracey Moffatt, and Ugo Rondinone, aimed to break down and comment on what is supposedly fixed. The catalog contains many photographs of works and video stills by the participating artists, as well as texts by Kathrin Becker, Kolja Kohlhoff, Philip Krippendorff, Rainer Hörmann, Gabriele Werner, and the work group. The exhibition was accompanied by series of film screenings at Moviemento and Filmkunsthaus Babylon on the theme of individual self-determination beyond prescribed norms and conventions.

Ed.: nGbK

Work group: Kathrin Becker, Chatherine Bourdon, Kolja Kohlhoff, Christine Kriegerowski, David Krippendorff, Hanna Lentz, Matthias Röhrborn

With contributions by: Kathrin Becker, Rainer Hörmann, Kolja Kohlhoff, Philip Krippendorff, Gabriele Werner