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The Kunstverein Hamburg

Exhibition Detail
Freedom of Speech
Klosterwall 23
20095 Hamburg

December 18th, 2010 - March 27th, 2011
December 18th, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burgerstieg, Silke WagnerSilke Wagner, Burgerstieg,
2001-2002, VV van, 196X184X457 cm
Hanging, Marc MorrelMarc Morrel, Hanging,
1966, mixed media, 150X75 cm
© The Artist
Untitled, Dan PerjovschiDan Perjovschi, Untitled,
2010, Wall Drawings, chalk on blackboard
Turkish Delight, Olaf MetzelOlaf Metzel, Turkish Delight,
2006, Bronz with Green Patina on stone base, 172X45X30 cm
State Britiain, Mark WallingerMark Wallinger, State Britiain,
2007, various materials, 570X190X4300 cm. (left view)
State Britian, Mark WallingerMark Wallinger, State Britian,
2007, various materials, 570X190X4300 cm. (right view)
The Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, Bruce NaumanBruce Nauman,
The Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths,
1967, Glass and neon lighting, 150X140 cm
Silence=Death, Act Up/Gran FuryAct Up/Gran Fury, Silence=Death,
1987, Glass and neon lighting, 122X194 cm.
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The exhibition "Freedom of Speech?" investigates and analyzes the concept of freedom of speech and the ideological role it plays in the western democracy, concentrating on the main question: What if the person who is actually speaking the truth might be the only one granted the right to speak?

The exhibition assembles examples of media reports (e.g. Mohammed Cartoons published in a Danish Newspaper) and historical events (e.g. the Black Power Movement and the Free Speech Movement in the USA) and within this context juxtaposes artistic positions with each other.

In collaboration with the Duisburger Institut für Sprach- und Sozialforschung (Duisburger Institute for Language and Social Research, DISS) the artistic statements shall be examined on their truth using a discourse analytical perspective based on the concept of parrhesia. For the exhibition "Freedom of Speech?" the method of the critical discourse analysis will be used as a foil to highlight the linguistic and visual layers of media reports and artworks. They play an important role in constituting everyday knowledge and therefore shall be placed equally next to each other. The exhibition is including the Turner Prize Winning work "State Britain" (2006) from Mark Wallinger that will be presented in Germany for the first time.

The exhibition "Freedom of Speech?" is ending a trilogy that started in December 2009 with the exhibition "Where is the wind when it isn't blowing? – Political graphic novels from Albrecht Dürer to Art Spiegelman" and was continued with the exhibition "Uns Hamburg" in March 2010.

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