Coming to Venice for a three month residency just at the beginning of
the war in Iraq somehow shifted the perception of this special place and what drew attention for the artist Steffi Jüngling in Venice was the fashion of that year, which was taking up military patterns and uniforms. This look, which is worn not in a notion of protest against the war or in sympathy for it, is just a superficial style like many others. However, being a stranger with maybe a different awareness (also as the language at first is rather a barrier and the visual gets a different importance) the camouflage patterns became a starting point for a piece.
After Venice is a place of stone with only few gardens, Steffi Jüngling began to think about using the camouflage patterns not as military material, but as what they originally was meant to be:
the imitation of green
She layed out the camouflage fabric as green spaces by covering parts of a courtyard (la corte in terna alle Zitelle) on the island of Giudecca in the way grass is normally grown.
For this she worked together with a group of children, with whom she had been working on that theme before in a workshop where the children designed own camoflage patterns which could be used to hide in a city and especially in their city-Venice.
Together the „rinverdimento“/creation of the green spaces in a courtyard, where most of the children also lived was undertaken.
The work was realised as part of the RADAR project, Xtra 50 of the Bienale di Venezia.