“What does it mean to arrive from a country with a fascist regime?” asks Russian dissident artist Victoria Lomasko.
Though roiled by antisemitism allegations, 738,000 people attended, a modest 17% decline from the previous, pre-pandemic edition.
An open letter co-signed by 100 individuals and organizations says the festival’s advisory council has miscast any criticism of Israel as antisemitic.
The most fruitfully jarring artistic disruptions at documenta 15 unsettle their own settings, stealthily intervening in traditional German institutions or landmarks.
The artist cited the organizers’ handling of antisemitism allegations and the ensuing fallout. Meron Mendel, head of the Anne Frank Educational Institute in Frankfurt, stepped down from his position as a consultant for the exhibition.
The New Delhi-based gallery and performance space Party Office wants Documenta to offer a public apology after artists reported incidents of racism and transphobic harassment in Kassel.
The 15th edition of the international art exhibition is a gathering of potentialities, a careful alignment of militant particles, and an assembly of thousands of diverse voices.
The Indonesian collective behind the work, Taring Padi, denied antisemitic intent and issued an apology, adding that it was the first time it was shown in “a European and German context.”
The German contemporary art show has been plagued by accusations of antisemitism for its inclusion of artists who denounce Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.
The show’s curators called it “a politically motivated threat” toward the artist collective The Question of Funding, members of whom have been the target of antisemitism accusations.
“It became clear that the accusations made against documenta fifteen and the forum itself currently render a free and productive discussion impossible,” the group ruangrupa wrote in a missive.