Offener Brief der Aktionsgruppe
an den Künstler Salgado
Dear Mr. Salgado,
today we have visited your exhibition “Migrations”, which is currently
shown here in Berlin under the name ”Exodus”. We are a coalition, consisting
of refugees from numerous different countries, all seeking asylum in
Germany, and German political activists, concerned with the racism in
this country. We have spent much of the year organising campaigns together
against institutional racism as well as against racist structures in
Germany is currently debating a legislation on migration. The suggested
legislation will allowed highly qualified intellectuals to stay in Germany
as long as they are useful for German society. But for refugees it will
mean several restrictions. On November 7, tomorrow, this legislation
is supposed to pass through cabinet of the German parliament. As you
have written we also believe, that few people do leave their places
of home voluntarily, but are forced to by poverty, repression and war.
We visited your exhibition today and added pictures both of refugee
struggles and refugee realities in Germany today. Hereford we invited
press and tried to create awareness for the law, supposed to be passing
tomorrow, as well as for the situation mentioned before. Our intend
was not to criticise the exhibition, but to criticise the way of the
German state to deal with refugees.
We were thrown out of the exhibition by the administration of the museum
with the argument, that they want to remain apolitical (whatever that
means...). They called the police and risked the arrest and potential
deportation of thirty refugees and immigrants with uncertain status.
This absurd scenario mirrors a reality of German society where civil
society, if we include cultural institutions in civil society, does
not stand up against racism if it is happening next door.
We are telling you about this incident because we are hoping for your
support in this matter. In any case we would be interested in your opinion.
Please feel free to contact us any time. We are looking forward to hearing
Brandenburg Refugee Initiative and Berlin Coalition against the
Residential Restriction Law
Post adress: e-mail: Brandenburg Refugee Initiative email@example.com
Eisenhartstrasse 13 14469 Potsdam Germany
(weitere: wähle mit der Maus ein Dia)