The never ending protest

THE NEVER ENDING PROTEST

Participatory Art Project

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. 
William Faulkner

Place of exhibition: 29.6.-31.8.2013, due to the international group exhibition NÄKYMÄ 2013

Environmental Art Exhibition in Akaa, Finland

Exhibition theme: Land in Situ

Curator: Anna Lea Kopperi

The Never Ending Protest” is a participative art project, which I realised first in Mai 2012 in Switzerland, then in Spain. I continued during my journey to Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Aral Sea and Tiflis, Georgia, Tbilisi History Museum, finally in the Museum of Contemporary Art Centre PasquArt Biel – Bienne Switzerland.

I associate protest with the symbol of the in the air stretched fist. It is not the fist of violence, but the fist of protest. This symbol is known in the whole world. The fist makes the dissatisfaction of the protesters visual and underlines their claim. Even in the mass the fist of each is an individual expression of a personal need for law and justice. Each protester expresses his/her engagement and his/her feelings. “The never ending protest” should give us the possibility to visualize our needs for justice. Each fist has its own individual and differentiated content. All personal protests are collected in the “Diary of the never ending protest” and their content will thus also be saved.

Passersby are asked to give their content of the fist. During their imprint is taken (made with a white modelling clay), the participants will be asked to protest silently and to fill their fist with their own personal protest (for or against something). Afterwards they are invited to write down their protests in the “Diary of the never ending protest” and to sign it (if necessary with a pseudonym). The growing collection of the little, delicate pieces, made out of white modelling clay as well as the “Diary of the never ending protest” will be exhibited in Akaa from 29.6.-31.8.2013. Even during this exhibition the visitors will have the possibility to proclaim their protest as an imprint of their fist and an entry in the Diary. The work will thus always grow and be an evidence of the “never ending protest”. The work will continue as long as possible.

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