No return to normal (Keine Rückkehr zur Normalität)
On our way to the Children’s animal farm in Görlitzer Park (which turned out to be still closed due to Covid), I stumbled across the second larger installation in our neighbourhood addressing the crisis of care, which has been fortified by the restrictions connected to the pandemic. The whole fence of a very popular playground was embellished with billboards of this sort. I particularly liked this one, saying: “We will not return to normality, because normality was the problem.” It feels like this is what most people are craving for currently though, to go back to normal. But that would be fatal, to forget the solidarity, the relationality, the slowdown, the increased quality time with the closest ones, the becoming-visible of care work that sustains our lives. So please, let’s not return to normal.