Statement regarding documenta fifteen

June 24, 2022

The decision to remove the work “People’s Justice” by the collective Taring Padi at documenta fifteen was unequivocally necessary because of its use of anti-Semitic stereotypes and incitement of hatred and resentment. It is also necessary to ensure that no further anti-Semitic works are shown. We reject any relativization of this unacceptable case. Anti-Semitism must not be given a place at documenta. Trust has been violated by documenta fifteen; it is therefore now crucial that everyone involved take a serious look at their own positions regarding anti-Semitism.

This edition of documenta is significant both artistically and in terms of cultural policy due to its emphasis on collaborative and solidary work. It gives decisive impetus for global dialogue. The continuation and intensification of this dialogue is imperative, particularly in view of the grievances triggered by the anti-Semitic images and the damage done. The basis for this can only be the common fight against anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of misanthropy towards specific groups.


 Initiative GG 5.3 Weltoffenheit