A contemporary version of Warsaw Uprising 1944 pamphlet is ‘Refugee Uprising Manifesto 2016’. We will place this tomorrow at the heroic, nationalistic and military Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. There will be more interventions planed in the museum as well as in fornt of Frontex (Agency of European border control), ironically situated few meters away from the museum.
Left: POLACY! (Polish People) call for uprisng 1944. Rright: POLACY! Refugees & Citizens Uprising Manifesto 2016.
POLACY! (POLISH PEOPLE) REFUGEES &CITIZENS
POLACY! (POLISH PEOPLE) REFUGEES & CITIZENS. REFUGEE UPRISING MANIFESTO 2016
Up and Away
Where to go from here? When you follow the signs of the A.S.I., with blisters on your feet, because you are wearing flip-flop for the first time in a year, somehow you already know the answer from the start: There is no place for anonymous stateless immigrants; neither outside nor inside the biennale, neither in the world of art nor in the world that we create everyday again. And the A.S.I. are up and away long ago already.
The reading only of Marx’s “Capital” goes on during the whole months of the 2015th Biennale of Okwui Enwezo entitled: ‘All the World’s Future’, which neglects the revolutionary potentials of the work due to old format of the biennale. This is while the members of A.S.I. at the southern borders of Europe, are joining the refugees to document their stories and expand their network.
English translation of the article: Woz article about Anonymous Stateless Immigrants Pavilion (PDF, English)
How Far Would You Walk At Night?
A new summer of migration season will start soon. Last year more than 3,000 died. This year more than 1,500 have already perished. A 50-fold increase in deaths so far this year. This is while the art world is about to celebrate the opening of Venice Biennale, the oldest cultural canon that praises nationalism through art. Similar to other editions, none of the prominent nations will mention anything about the toxic immigration topic. The extreme nation related format of presenting arts in Venice biennale makes us suspicious about the anti-immigration agenda of the art world. It makes us wonder if it is our silence, ignorance and odium towards the newcomers that makes the mediterranean sea a mass grave.
How far would you walk at night with fear of violence seeking a shelter? With this question in mind, I’ll be performing a walk in Venice on the early morning of 5th of May following the Anonymous Stateless Immigrants Pavilion signs, making a detour from the prominent art route to find this new pavilion.