Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of Speech

Klosterwall 23
20095 Hamburg
December 18th, 2010 - March 27th, 2011
Opening: December 18th, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

+49(0)40 32 21 57
Tuesday – Sunday and Public Holidays 12 am – 6 pm


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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