Vom Polizeigriff zum Übergriff (From Police to Assault)
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Photography Mixed Media Literature
Artist: Berlin Antidiskriminierungsbüro (Anti-discrimination Agency)
Confronting Bodies: Peter Jung, Mayor of Wuppertal
Dates of Action: 8th of January 2008 - 22nd of January 2008
Location: Haus der Jugend (Youth House) in Barmen (Wuppertal)
Description of Artwork: It is an exhibition documenting abuses by police forces in Germany. The exhibition is made of photographs and written statements by victims of the abuses and press documentation of the cases.
The Incident: As the 'Haus der Jugend' is owned by the city of Wuppertal, the Mayor stoped the exhibition from being shown there one day after the acquittal of the police officers accused in the death and possible murder of Oury Jalloh, a Sierra Leonean refugee who was burned to death in a police cell in the city of Dessau in 2005. The exhibition was closed by direct intervention of heavy police force, throwing everybody out of the hall.
Results of Incident: The exhibition was continued in the rooms of 'Tacheles e.V.' and in the University of Wuppertal