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STOCKHOLM - NOVEMBER 92

AN ACTION IN PROTEST AGAINST THE GOVERNMENTS PLANNED CUTS IN THE CULTURAL BUDGET AND THE SUPPRESSION OF THE ECONOMICAL SUPPORT TO VISUAL ARTIST, ASKED BY AND REPRESENTING THE SWEDISH ARTIST'S ORGANISATIONS.

MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHS OF A TELEVISED BOX MATCH, FBI ACTIONS, RELIGIOUS PAINTINGS, AND QUOTATIONS FROM POLITICIAN'S BIZARRE OPINIONS ABOUT THE SITUATION OF THE ARTISTS, WERE PROJECTED FROM THE HOUSE OF CULTURE (KULTURHUSET) ON THE FACADE OF A SKYSCRAPER IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM.

PROJECTORS WITH 20.000 WATTS POWER LAMPS BLEW THE IMAGES TO 45M X 45M THAT COULD BE SEEN FORM SEVERAL SPOTS AROUND THE CITY.

THE ORIGINALS LARGE BLACK & WHITE TRANSPARENCIES (18 CM X 18 CM), WERE SCRATCHED AND HAND-COLOURED ON SIGHT, CHANGING THEM CONSTANTLY DURING THE NON-STOP EIGHT-HOUR SHOW THAT WENT ON FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS.

SOME QUOTES OF THE POLITICIANS AND OUR ANSWER, PROJECTED:

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"CULTURE IS READING, WRITING AND ARITHMETIC, NOTHING ELSE" (A CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT POLITICIAN, CULTURE DEPARTMENT).

"ARTISTS CAN PAINT IN THEIR KITCHENS OR LOOK FOR A SITE OUTSIDE THE CITY, I MYSELF PAINT IN A ROOM IN OUR SUMMER VILLA IN THE STOCKHOLM-ARCHIPELAGO" (A CONSERVATIVE POLITICIAN, VICE-CHIEF OF THE STOCKHOLM CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND "AMATEUR PAINTER" ).

-CONSERVATIVE POLITICIANS BELIEVE THAT ART CAN SURVIVE ONLY FROM THE COMMERCIAL MARKET. THE MARKET DID NOT SURVIVE. (OUR COMMENT).

"ARTIST THAT DOESN'T HAVE ANY SUCCESS IN FIVE YEARS, SHOULD GIVE UP!" (A CONSERVATIVE POLITICIAN).

-THEN LEONARDO DA VINCI, REMBRANDT & VAN GOGH SHOULD HAVE GIVEN UP! NEITHER THEY NOR THEIR ART HAD A FUTURE. (OUR ANSWER).


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