Power to the People: Political Art Now

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt


This exhibition brings together artistic positions which can be read as seismographs of contemporary political activity. In the face of populist leaders, fake news, autocratic backlash, totalitarian propaganda and neoliberalism, the artists in this show are creating works that they see as instruments of criticism and which expressly pursue political intentions. These include installations, photographs, videos, paintings and sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, Andrea Bowers, Julius von Bismarck, Sam Durant, Omer Fast, Adelita Husni-Bey, Hiwa K, Ahmet Öğüt, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Forensic Architecture. Together, they are designed to develop artistic strategies of opposition, and to determine the creative direction of a new protest culture. Find out more about ‘Power to the People’ from the Schirn Kunsthalle’s website.

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Ballerinas and Police, Halil Altindere

Ballerinas and Police (still; 2017), Halil Altindere. Courtesy the artist and PİLOT Galeri, Istanbul; © the artist

The Sleepers, Adelita Husni-Bey

The Sleepers (2012), Adelita Husni-Bey. Courtesy Galleria Laveronica, Modica; © the artist

untitled: 100banners2015, Phyllida Barlow

untitled: 100banners2015 (2015), Phyllida Barlow. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth; © The artist

5000 likes, Mark Flood

5000 likes (2015-16), Mark Flood. Photo: Matthias Kolb. Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin; © the artist

riptychon (Stuhl, Tisch und Stellwand), Ricarda Roggan

Triptychon (Stuhl, Tisch und Stellwand) (detail; 2001), Ricarda Roggan. Courtesy Galerie Eigen + Art Leipzig/Berlin; © the artist

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