JUDITH SAUPPER

Potemkin Village (or Like People, Like Houses)

The phrase "Potemkin village" denotes a fake portable village, built only to impress. It describes any construction built solely to deceive others into thinking that some situation is better than it really is. If one were to use Potemkin as a word for describing human speech and character, it would be […] a derogatory term for false speech in general, esp. knowing and deliberate falsehood or obfuscation. [It would characterise speech] that employs euphemism, convenient vagueness, numbing repetition, and other such rhetorical subterfuges to create the impression that something has been said. (Neal Stephenson, “Anathem”)

Potemkin (oder Mensch wie Haus),

2011, sculpture in glass cube, mixed materials, 52 x 72 x 94 cm

 

Potemkin (oder Mensch wie Haus),

2011, sculpture in glass cube, mixed materials, 52 x 72 x 94 cm 

Potemkin (oder Mensch wie Haus),

2011, sculpture in glass cube, mixed materials, 52 x 72 x 94 cm