Shum Klum


         shum: garlic
           shum: nothing
              klum: nothing
    shum klum: nothing nothing
     shum klum: a whole lot of nothing
  shum makom: nowhere
   beshum ofen: no way
     shum klum: no nothing
    shum klum: nothing

Garlic is historically tied to Jewish culture as a symbol of celebration and good health. Garlic is also bound to anti-Semitic propaganda within the concept of foetor Judaicus—‘Jewish stink’. In Shum Klum Casey Carsel explores Jewishness and garlic, from the sweetness of tradition to the stench of hatred, and considers the allium’s journey from an everyday marker of Jewishness to nothing at all.


In conjunction with Shum Klum, RM Gallery commissioned Garlic and a whole lot of lovin’: a love letter to Casey Carsel from Quishile Charan. This text was available in the gallery space alongside allium olere (garlic scent): a selected history of garlic written by Carsel. 

[Read alllium olere (garlic scent)]

[Read Garlic and a whole lot of lovin’]


Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). 

tog ayn/tog oys (sunrise/sunset) (detail) (2019). Acid-dyed and embroidered cotton quilt, 8’ x 15’. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019).


tog ayn/tog oys (sunrise/sunset) (detail) (2019). Acid-dyed and embroidered cotton quilt, 8’ x 15’. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019).


Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). Photo: Ardit Hoxha.

tsror (pebble, bundle, bond, book) (detail) (2019). Stoneware and house paint, 13’ wide. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). Photo: Ardit Hoxha.


tsror (pebble, bundle, bond, book) (detail) (2019). Stoneware and house paint, 13’ wide. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). Photo: Ardit Hoxha.


Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). Photo: Ardit Hoxha.

allium olere (garlic scent) (2019). Inkjet-printed paper, garlic, mugs, wood, 4’ x 8’. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). Photo: Ardit Hoxha.


allium olere (garlic scent) (detail) (2019). Inkjet-printed paper, garlic, mugs, wood, 4’ x 8’. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). 


allium olere (garlic scent) (detail) (2019). Inkjet-printed paper, garlic, mugs, wood, 4’ x 8’. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). Photo: Ardit Hoxha.


allium olere (garlic scent) (detail) (2019). Inkjet-printed paper, garlic, mugs, wood, 4’ x 8’. Exhibition view: Shum Klum, RM Gallery, Auckland (2019). Photo: Ardit Hoxha.