BY MACIEJ TOPOROWICZ

 

In the early 1960s, having just come over from the GDR, I naturally declined to summon up any sympathy for the aims and methods of the Red Army Faction [RAF]. I was impressed by the terrorists‘ energy, their uncompromising determination and their absolute bravery; but I could not find it in my heart to condemn the State for its harsh response. That is what States are like; and I had known other, more ruthless ones. The deaths of the terrorists, and the related events both before and after, stand for a horror that distressed me and has haunted me as unfinished business ever since, despite all my efforts to suppress it.

Gerhard Richter

French police inspect car where body of murdered industrial leader Hans Martin Schleyer was found.
French police inspect car where body of murdered industrial leader Hans Martin Schleyer was found.

 

Martin Schleyer, 2017, inkjet on paper, dimension variable
Martin Schleyer, 2017, inkjet on paper, dimension variable

 

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BY MACIEJ TOPOROWICZ

The freedom of expression is the foundation of artistic freedom. I see art in this context as a platform to form opinions and create perspective towards our life in reality, as we know it. It is not possible for me to talk about it, without being personal. My works focus often on political and social issues. Since I was born and educated under the communist regime, it is hard for me no to response to injustice, oppression, inequality and other issues.

 

© Maciej Toporowicz

© Maciej Toporowicz

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BY BRANDON LaBELLE

“We are realizing more and more that a poetic emotion lies at the origin of revolutionary thought.” – Jean Genet, Letter to American Intellectuals

He looks to the right; and then to the left; he thinks he has to decide – which way to turn; like a pressure, upon him, he thinks: I must decide; and yet, there is that sudden creeping feeling, a type of epiphany that arrives slowly, unexpectedly: he realizes he has already decided. Weiterlesen