Enemy is the enemy, history is the history, Hitler is a Hitler, but chemicals have to be from Germany. From such Germanization, everyone will bow down with pleasure and Vanish aus Deutchland will clean the honor tainted with betrayal. I buy myself all these powders, pastes, floor fluids, this Fairy for dishes, and they foam like rough waves of Rhine, so I know what I'm talking about!
20 pln = german Vizir color, 11 washings
20 pln = german Domestos XXL
20 pln = half a kilo of pickled kale, chopped with carrots and garlic and 3 pickled pears ;-)
I'm not sure if chemicals from Germany are just polish phenomenon, but certainly the scale of this phenomenon definitely goes beyond purely hygenic issues.
Because, is it really about better formula, which more efficiently removes stains from colourful pants, composition of detergents or foaming granules and bodywash gels?
Maybe chemicals from Germany as a symbol of products with better quality is also a sign of peripheral insecurities?
Maybe Vizir from the trunk and Lenor from the camp cot have aftertaste of a luxury, fulfilled ambitions to possession of something better?
Maybe getting chemical agent with „unique recipe" which, after all, you can't get in „regular store", is some kind of adventure, conspiration, specific contraband?
All of that associations, questions and thoughts were on my mind, when I took Gosia Kulik's zine in my hands. „Chemicals from Germany" is tender and devoid of condescending tone sociological portrait inspired by scenes from local, Wrocław's Targ Na Młynie. The author is making pilgrimages there since many years, just to take from it as much observations for her drawings as possible and shopping. Also, she recently started to... trade!
Author: Gosia Kulik
Title: Chemia z Niemiec
Edition: 100 copies
Format: 137/199 mm
Printing: Riso (black, blue, pink, yellow)
Binding: saddle stitch