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Collected Stories

In the work series "Collected Stories" Flo Maak explores questions about "naturecultures" - the mutual relationship and interweaving of nature and culture - and our coexistence with animals, plants and rock formations in the Anthropocene. Within this series, for example, Maak shows photographs of the plant Chromolaena odorata in the installation "The Red Green" (2020), which is found worldwide and is used in many places as a medicinal plant. Also known as Siamese herb in this country, its names in different parts of the world reflect people's relationship to this plant. For example, the herbaceous plant is sometimes named "Devil's Weed" or "Communist Pacha" and is associated with the communist movement in Kerala, South India.

Flo Maak photographed various specimens of this plant against a staged background in Kochi, India. He combines the photographs taken on site with a hand-woven flag and a text wall piece in the exhibition space, thereby unfolding narratives of the worldwide spread of Chromolaena odorata. At the same time, he asks on a meta-level about cultural attributions of myths of origin and migration movements, as well as the apparent nativeness of cultivated nature.

Flo Maak's series of works "Ground Truthing - Mount Etna" (2020) was photographed at the titular volcano Etna in Sicily. Details of the volcanic landscape - such as rock formations - are juxtaposed with photographic details of body parts or remnants of human infrastructure near the still now and then active volcano. The play with cropped sections of the image, grid-like shadow formations and rampant body hair unfolds its own humour in the combination, which suggests open meta-narratives. In ambiguous references, individual visual fragments of found (landscape) sceneries and staged motifs each form their own stories about the coexistence of humans, animals, rocks, volcanoes and matter in general.

Slit
Slit, 2021
Untitled
Untitled, 2021
Touch
Touch, 2020
Sad
Sad, 2020
Multitude
Multitude, 2020
Screen
Screen, 2020
Above the clouds
Above the clouds, 2020
Blue Red Green
Blue Red Green, 2020
Divided
Divided, 2020
Cave
Cave, 2020
Contact
Contact, 2020
Untitled
Untitled, 2020
Composite
Composite, 2020
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Hope, 2020
Dude
Dude, 2020
Dead wood
Dead wood, 2020
Gem
Gem, 2020
Red Green
Red Green, 2020
Juice
Juice, 2020
Yellow (Red Green)
Yellow (Red Green), 2020
Multitude II
Multitude II, 2020
Lake
Lake, 2020
Red
Red, 2020
Descent
Descent, 2016
Hey You
Hey You, 2016
ohne Titel ( Adler )
ohne Titel ( Adler ), 2016
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