Franz Ackermann: Strap

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Fotografie: Heinz Pelz

Photograph: Heinz Pelz

This carrying strap is not really a thing, more of a friend. Originally it was just a practical object given to me at the airport by my carpenter, when I decided at the last minute to take a painting on the plane with me. The strap appeared randomly – clearly a disposable product, to be used once as a stopgap and discarded without further thought. But it stuck with me. It kept reappearing, like a loyal dog. Now it has become a constant companion on my travels – a friend who is treated badly, who gets ignored, who must constantly expect to be forgotten. Once it gets me through customs, it recedes into the background. But it’s always there when I need it. Dependable, discreet and undemanding.
Translated by Nicholas Grindell

The painter Franz Ackermann lives and works in Berlin. His solo show Mental Maps – Eikones is on view at Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe until 11 May 2014.

Issue 14

First published in Issue 14

May 2014

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