The photographic series Staatsgeschenke depicts a selection of official international state presents given to German chancellors over the last 60 years. These objects are now stored in showcases in a storage room in the chancellor’s office. For example, George W. Bush sent Chancellor Angela Merkel a selection of DVDs and CDs. And Vladimir Putin gave Chancellor Gerhard Schroder a luxurious set of chalices during the latter’s visit to Russia in 2003. Jankowski’s photographs naturally provoke a variety of interpretations: the gifts serve as symbols for the nature of the diplomatic relations between the two countries and the political representatives at a given time.
22 photographs, fine art inkjet on baryt paper, each 24 x 30 cm, edition of 5, II