Trümmerfrauenkrüge

Jugs of Desire, Cocktails of Pain

 

As a part of the project Restless Monuments curated by Bettina Klein in 2022, Kasia Fudakowski presented ceramic works activated by images, stories and liquids.

Responding to Katharina Szelinski-Singer’s Trümmerfrau-Denkmal in Volkspark Hasenheide and comparing it to Fritz Cremer‘s Aufbauhelferin in front of the Rotes Rathaus, the resulting work highlights the discrepancies between the mythologies embodied in these two monuments.

In this evening event, hosted by ChertLüdde Bookshop, six ceramic jugs created by Fudakowski with assistance from ceramicist Cordula Falk, will be put to illustrative use. Drawing on research by the historian Dr. Leonie Treber in her book ‘Mythos Trümmerfrauen’, the event explores the idea of the Trümmerfrau figure as a vessel, continually filled and emptied with different, conflicting political ideologies and compares it to the equally varied history-of-use of the traditional type of stoneware jug known as a Bartmannskrug. The event contained readings in English and German and multiple pourings.

Photo credit: Anu Vahtra.

The publication Catalog is a serial publication about cataloging, written by Lieven Lahaye and designed by Ott Metusala. In Catalog issue 22, ‘Beard. Man. Jug. Rubble. Woman. Vessel’, part of a sub-series on near invisibility, Kasia Fudakowski’s research on the Bartmannskrug and Trummerfrauen history comes together with an essay by Lieven Lahaye and photographs by Anu Vahtra.

 

Set up for the performance 'Jugs of Desire, Cocktails of Pain' at ChertLüdde Bookshop, 2022

Photograph of the Trummerfrau memorial by Katharina Szelinski-Singer's and Portrait of Cardinal Bellarmine by unknown painter, located at the Museum Plantin-Moretus

Trümmerfrauen West I, II, and III, 2022, Glazed ceramic.

Trümmerfrauen Ost I, II and III, 2022, Glazed ceramic.

Trümmerfrauen Cocktail Ost

Bartmannskrug Cocktail

Catalog, issue 22. is a serial publication about cataloging, written by Lieven Lahaye and designed by Ott Metusala. ‘Beard. Man. Jug. Rubble. Woman. Vessel’, is part of a sub-series on near invisibility. Photo by Anu Vahtra