Katz lies with two gravestones covered in cloth. She found these gravestones discarded in a Berlin cemetery garbage in 2013. They are produced by the German State and are from an area of the cemetery dedicated to “victims” from the World War II period: the men and women were German soldiers, police officers, air force officers, SS personnel, prisoners of war, and civilians.
Subsequent to collecting the discarded gravestones in 2013, it was brought to the cemetery administration’s attention that Katz had the stones in her possession. She was obligated to return them, as they were scheduled for liquidation by the cemetery administration. When returning the stones, however, she managed to keep two. These are the pillows of Lying with My Partner.
Katz’s work with these gravestones pertains to confronting the humanity of the nameless other, as well as the topics of concealment, protection, and memory. Lying with My Partner emphasizes being, in stillness and perhaps even dependency, with this other.
Curated by Ciprian Ciuclea and Olivia Nitis
Photography: Ciprian Ciulclea
Performance dress: Kahori Furukawa
 The stones are produced by the German Federal Government, in keeping with the “ Law on the Preservation of the Graves of the Victim of War and Tyranny”, a federal policy to commemorate victims of violence from several historical periods, including World War II.