During the lockdown, on May 8, EXILE (Vienna) initiated another off-site project that is happening on a yearly basis since 2017 on top of a mountain in Thuringia, Germany. Initiated by Erik Niedling with Ingo Niermann, this years ascend was curated by Swiss-based artist Jeronim Horvat.
Burial of the White Man
May 8, 2020
Every year since May 8, 2017, Erik Niedling and like-minded individuals ascend Kleiner Gleichberg near Römhild, the mountain Niedling has chosen for the realization of Pyramid Mountain, to celebrate the symbolic Burial of the White Man in anticipation of future events.
Erik Niedling and Ingo Niermann cordially invite people of all genders and colors to meet on the summit of the future Pyramid Mountain at 12 pm on May 8, 2020. We will discuss conditions for overcoming the dominance of white men and jointly rebuild a stone pyramid on the summit plateau which usually gets dismantled over the course of the following year.
No one enters the realm of the dead empty-handed; proper provisions are a must. Bearing this in mind, artist Jeronim Horvat has invited the following artists to pack their rucksacks that will be opened on Kleiner Gleichberg on May 8: Vela Arbutina, Marie Matusz & Cassidy Toner, Maya Hottarek, Anna Walther, Paul Otis Wiesner, Johanna Blank, Bob Schatzi Hausmann, Tobi Keck, Nellie Lindquist, Anica Kehr, Julius Pristauz, Ernestyna Orlowska, KOTZ (Don Elektro, Marian Luft and Salvador Marino), Lotte Meret Effinger, Ronny Szillo, Lucie Freynhagen, Matyáš Maláč & Julius Reichel, Jiajia Zhang, Cyril Hübscher
Further reading: Erik Niedling with Ingo Niermann: Burial of the White Man, Sternberg Press, 2019