Forbidden Art

Forbidden Art.

For the worldwide touring Emergency Biennale, the Mexican artist Leonardo Marz invited me to contribute portraits of me with artwork that I couldn't realize because of outside resistance.

With the help of journalist Sonja Wenger I realized a small photo series on a hot summer day — coincidentally at the editorial office of the alternative WochenZeitung in Zurich. The images below became part of an initiative that shows artists who hold photos of people with whom they had 'bureaucratic inconveniences' while making art or exhibitions. The objective behind this accumulative project that involved more than 60 artists was to emulate the photos from missing and disappeared family members during the Chechnya conflict. It is usually the family of the victims who hold up photos of loved ones that have gone missing.

Forbidden Art

VICTIM OF RESISTANCE 1: The Mobile Tea Ceremony from October 2, 2006 at Kita-Shirakawa intersection in Kyoto street has been terminated by police [photo Sonja Wenger]

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VICTIM OF RESISTANCE 2: The Coin Mosaic from September 28, 2006 in front of Keihan Train Station in Kyoto has been terminated by the station management [photo Sonja Wenger]

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VICTIM OF RESISTANCE 3: The Mobile Tea Ceremony from October 30, 2006 at the Kyoto Art Center has been terminated by the management [photo Sonja Wenger]

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Emergency Biennale
The Emergency Biennale was conceived and organized by independent Paris and San Francisco-based curator Evelyne Jouanno as an echo to the 1st Moscow Biennial and as a reaction to the destruction of a people and culture.

Drawing attention to the plight of Chechnya and more broadly to human and social emergencies in the context of "ambivalent globalization" while also questioning the phenomenon and proliferation of international Biennials, the Emergency Biennale in Chechnya opened on February 23rd, 2005 in different locations in the city of Grozny, and simultaneously in Paris, at the Palais de Tokyo.

More than sixty international artists, established and emerging, provided one artwork and its duplicate.