POWER TO THE PEOPLE. POLITICAL ART NOW

March 21 – May 27, 2018

Democracy appears to be in crisis; the postdemocratic era has already dawned. The symptoms are manifold: populist leaders, fake news, autocratic backlash, totalitarian propaganda, neoliberalism. However, tendencies toward a repoliticized society have been palpable for some time now. And artists also appear to be increasingly under pressure to protest. They create works that they see as instruments of criticism and which expressly pursue political intentions. In a major exhibition the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt brings together artistic positions which can be read as seismographs of contemporary political activity. It focuses on fundamental issues and the examination of the phenomena and possibilities of political participation. The works call political positions into question, illustrate forms of protest, and set their sights on artistic involvement.

With works by Halil Altindere, Phyllida Barlow, Guillaume Bijl, Julius von Bismarck, Andrea Bowers, Osman Bozkurt, Tobias Donat, Sam Durant, Omer Fast, Mark Flood, Forensic Architecture, Dani Gal, Katie Holten, Adelita Husni-Bey, Hiwa K, Edgar Leciejewski, Jonathan Monk, Ahmet Öğüt, Ricarda Roggan, Marinella Senatore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nasan Tur and Jens Ullrich

Installations, photographs, videos, paintings, and sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, Andrea Bowers, Julius von Bismarck, Sam Durant, Omer Fast, Adelita Husni-Bey, Hiwa K, Ahmet Öğüt, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nasan Tur document the erosion of democratic achievements and the active pressure of the new mass movements. They analyze discourses on dominance and nonconformist interjections, develop strategies of opposition, and reflect the imaginative strategies of the new protest culture.


POWER TO THE PEOPLE. POLITICAL ART NOW

29.12.2017 | Democracy appears to be in crisis; the postdemocratic era has already dawned. The symptoms are manifold: populist leaders, fake news, autocratic backlash, totalitarian propaganda, neoliberalism. However, tendencies toward a repoliticized society have been palpable for some time now. And artists also appear to be increasingly under pressure to protest. They create works that they see as instruments of criticism and which expressly pursue political intentions. In a major exhibition the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt brings together artistic positions which can be read as seismographs of contemporary political activity. It focuses on fundamental issues and the examination of the phenomena and possibilities of political participation. The works call political positions into question, illustrate forms of protest, and set their sights on artistic involvement. Installations, photographs, videos, paintings, and sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, Andrea Bowers, Julius von Bismarck, Sam Durant, Omer Fast, Adelita Husni-Bey, Hiwa K, Ahmet Ö?üt, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nasan Tur document the erosion of democratic achievements and the active pressure of the new mass movements. They analyze discourses on dominance and nonconformist interjections, develop strategies of opposition, and reflect the imaginative strategies of the new protest culture.

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Halil Altindere, Ballerinas and Police, 2017, Full HD Video, 9:38 Min., © the artist, Courtesy the artist and PİLOT Galeri, Istanbul

Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 100banners2015, 2015, Lumber, plywood, tape, wadding, fabric, paint, sand, and plastic, Dimensions variable, © The artist, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography

Julius von Bismarck, Fuguration #5 (May Day Riot Police), 2009, Inkjet print, 50 x 75 cm, © the artist, Courtesy alexander levy, Berlin; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

Osman Bozkurt, Marks of Democracy / Portraits of the Voters, 2002, 10 C-prints, 60 x 40 cm each, Deutsche Bank Collection, © the artist

Sam Durant, Let's Judge Ourselves as People, 2002, Vinyl text on electric sign, 175,3 x 124,5 x 23,4 cm, Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Photo: Egbert Haneke

Omer Fast, CNN Concatenated, 2002, Single Channel video, Color, sound (English), 18 Min. Loop, Courtesy gb agency, Paris

Mark Flood, 5000 Likes, 2015/16, Spray paint on canvas, (4344 parts), each 30,5 x 40,6 cm, © the artist, Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin, Photo: Matthias Kolb

Katie Holten, She Persisted, Angela Davis, 2017, pencil on vat paper, 76,5 x 56,5 cm, © the artist, Courtesy VAN HORN, Dusseldorf, Photo: D. Steinfeld

Adelita Husni-Bey, The Sleepers, 2012, Oil on canvas, 165 x 350 cm, © the artist, Courtesy Galleria Laveronica, Modica

Edgar Leciejewski, A Circle Full of Ecstasy (detail), 2016, 77 color photographies, each 45 cm x 33 cm, Courtesy the artist

Ricarda Roggan, Triptychon (Stuhl, Tisch und Stellwand), 2001, C - Print, 100 x 125 cm, © the artist, Courtesy Galerie Eigen + Art Leipzig/Berlin

Jens Ullrich, Plakate 006, 2006/2018, print, dimensions variable, © the artist & VG-Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018, Courtesy the artist and VAN HORN, Düsseldorf