The Berlin Declaration of the Many

Art creates spaces for change

Gesicht - Kunstwerk von Anton Rocca

The campaign startet on 9th of november 2018 in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin.

Art creates spaces for change
As creators of arts and culture in Germany we do not stand above things. Rather we have both feet frmly on the ground – the very ground upon which one of the worst state crimes against humanity was committed. Tis country has seen art vilifed as degenerate and culture being abused for purpose of propaganda. Millions of people were murdered or driven into exile, amongst them many artists.
Today we see arts and culture as well as their venues, i.e. museums, theatres, galleries, clubs and urban places as open spaces belonging to many. We view our society as a plural gathering - an encounter of different interests that fnd each other in the spaces between. Democracy needs to be renegotiated daily – but always on the premise that it concerns us all, every single one of us, as beings of multiple possibilities!
By attacking cultural institutions as agents of this societal vision, right-wing populism stands in hostile opposition to the art of the many. Right-wing groups and parties frequently disrupt events, aim to determine repertoires, polemicise against the freedom of art and above all are working on the re-nationalisation of culture. Teir disrespectful reaction to people seeking refuge, to dedicated artists and dissidents, clearly shows how they plan to deal with our society should a shif of power in their favour become reality.
We, the supporters of Berlin theatres, art galleries, museums and cultural spaces and their associates reject these attempts with a clear position:
Solidarity over privilege. It’s about all of us. Freedom for the Arts!
• The cultural institutions signing this declaration will lead an open and critical dialogue
that creates awareness in regards to right-wing strategies. Te Institutions engage in these
dialogues with all participants as well as the public under the premise that their institutions have a commitment to advancing our society democratically.
• All signatories commit themselves to not providing a platform for racist-nationalist
• We reject the illegitimate attempts made by right-wing nationalists to exploit art and
cultural events for their own purposes.
• We unite in solidarity with people who, in the light of right-wing politics, are further
marginalised within our society.