Artist Cyrill Lachauer’s ethnological American road trip


Cyrill Lachauer’s latest exhibition of photography, films and writings, “What Do You Want Here,” documents his road trip in the U.S. that retraced the route supposedly taken by controversial ethnologist Carlos Castaneda. As a teenager, Lachauer was fascinated by Castaneda’s book “A Separate Reality,” but today the artist presents his own journey with a keen awareness that “there is no free or fun traveling for a white man from the German middle class.” 

Lachauer’s fascination with travel and discovering foreign worlds began when he was a child growing up in Bavaria. Through his formal studies in ethnology, and in art at Berlin’s University of the Arts, he adopted a more critical view of the classic image of the adventurous anthropologist figure. For him, being a white, middle class man is a “very questionable position, and if you work on the road, you have to think about it a lot.”

Monika Müller-Kroll reports from the Berlinische Galerie.

Photo Monika Müller-Kroll.