Since 2014, Martin Haufe has been working intensively on the subject of friendship. In the thesis for his diploma, he elaborated upon an extensive genealogy and definition of the term and described what constitutes this social relationship in the present.
The value we give to friendships has changed a lot in the last 50 years; today it plays a significant role in the individual lifestyle of most people. At the same time, emotions and relationships have a political dimension, so the question about the space between you and me is also political. Within friendships, we learn morally “correct” actions; at the same time, living conditions under capitalism influence the shape of our relationships.
In Martin Haufe’s ongoing research, questions about the relationship, and the potential of criticism and friendship, play a central role. His engagement has resulted in various performative lectures, screen prints and diverse textile works. Combined contextually, these works were further developed by way of process.
Friendship is the most open and, at the same time, the most shapeable form of being together. However, a critical look shows that our friends are often very similar to us – same milieu, age and background.
Martin Haufe addresses these contradictions through an expansive series of interviews, through which he searches for other definitions of friendship among aspects of race, class and gender.
Based on these interviews, further artistic works have emerged, which show the potentials, scopes for organizing and borders of having friendships in the present.