Maritim Hotel

performance with tasting & conversation
supported by Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof

Maritim Hotel Köln is a performance debating the traditional use of pork meat in german cuisine and its symbolic value in discussions with the poltical right whilst pork tartare with onions is offered to the audience. 

Restaurant Heeschen openend on 1 May 1897 with an exclusive menu in the waiting lounge for 1st and 2nd class of the Hamburg Harburg train station. The restaurant was beautifully decorated, the guests dined under palm trees and exquisite cuisine was served at modest prices. After lobster and mutton rump were served on the day of the opening, dishes of local home-style cuisine were served during daily operations as it was typical for German station restaurants.

In the very same wood-paneled back room of Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Franziska Pierwoss invites you to take a closer look at the current politically motivated use of German cuisine by groups or parties, such as the food served during the Alternative für Deutschland* party convention in Cologne's Maritim Hotel in spring 2017. Prior to the performance Franziska Pierwoß held personal discussions with Harburg citizens, members of the Integration Council, the local AfD and various schools and day-care centers. The question of the use of pork in Harburg school kitchens and the current politicization of the topic were at the center of the discussions.

*Alternative für Deutschland is an far-right party that since elections in september 2018 is part of the german government

photography: Jens Franke