born 1984 in Zwickau, Germany
lives in Berlin, Germany
Having grown up in the Eastern German town of Zwickau, in the 1990s, Naumann witnessed the rise of an extreme-right ideology as the predominant youth culture, after the reunification of Germany. Zwickau later turned out to have been the hideout of the Neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU, which in the 2000s committed a series of xenophobic undercover murders. Naumann’s panoramic installation “2000” (2018) shows this development from a surprising angle, looking closely at the way interior design reflect the frustrated desires of a whole generation. Numerous pieces of furniture are placed on a large, grey carpet, for example a living room cabinet of cherry veneer that has the appearance of a tomb, as two funeral wreaths made of fake cowhide lean against it (Altar Mourning German Unity, 2018). The carpet is shaped like the outline of the two formerly separated German states. After reunification, the expected new freedom of liberal democracy often only registered as neo-liberal economy, meaning everyone replaced their old furniture from socialist times with stuff form IKEA, or other brands imitating postmodern Memphis design. But what made one kid turn to techno and ecstasy, and another to become a neo-nazi, or a follower of radical Islamism? Naumann traces these developments using a kind of post-surreal collage style of sounds, images, and objects.