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Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Berlin Biennale including the work of Omer Fast
Stasi Headquarters - Campus for Democracy, Berlin
June 11 - September 18, 2022

Every two years, the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art brings together international artists, theoreticians, and practitioners in exhibitions and accompanying programs. With its political profile, it stands for committed art that addresses the urgent questions of the present. The 12th Berlin Biennale takes place from June 11 to September 18, 2022, and is curated by Kader Attia.

Omer Fast will be presenting the work A PLACE WHICH IS RIPE (2020), for which the artist asked two former London police officers—a super-recognizer and his supervisor—about their profession. Their testimonies explain why surveillance cameras are today so ubiquitous in Great Britain. Closed-circuit television, or CCTV, helped solve two notorious crimes—the murders of two-year-old James Bulger in 1993 and fourteen-year-old Alice Gross in 2014. Thereafter, public acceptance of the extensive use of cameras increased dramatically. This is not the case in Germany, where the incidents that occurred at the Cologne Cathedral on New Year’s Eve 2015 revealed that only two cameras had been installed at the main train station—photographs taken with mobile phones were what ultimately led to around 200 arrests. This begs the question: are surveillance cameras still necessary?

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