a draftsmen's congress initiated by pawel althamer at the berlin biennale
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apr 29, 2012
a draftsmen's congress initiated by pawel althamer at the berlin biennale


‘draftsmen’s congress’ initiated by pawel althamer for 7th berlin biennale for contemporary art, 2012
an installation perspective picturing one of many contributing artists at work
image by marta gornicka

pawel althamer: draftsmen’s congress
7th berlin biennale for contemporary art, berlin, germany
on now until july 1st, 2012

warsaw-based artist pawel althamer has initiated a public social drawing project entitled ‘the draftsmen’s congress’ at st. elizabeth church
in berlin-mitte for the 7th berlin biennale for contemporary art 2012. althamer and a small team have developed a collective work in
which individuals attending the paper-covered church interior are invited to join in the decoration of the blank space with charcoal,
paint and collage. this empty canvas provided by althamer is intended to be a space in which biennale visitors and berlin passers-by
may engage with one another through images, rather than words in the discussion of issues pertinent to the modern person. conversation points
such as politics, religion, or economic disasters are detailed on the walls of the vacant church, scrawled by one artist and just as readily erased
or responded to by another. the visual dialogue is open to non-professionals and professionals and people of varied belief systems, social groups
and native languages in a non-verbal manner, breaking down barriers which usually become instated during heated conversation.


a view of the paper covered church interior, waiting for congress to convene
image by rafał Żurek


the walls will be entirely covered with the imaginings of creatives in berlin for the biennale
image by marta gornicka


detailed perspective of an artist at work, wearing a painter’s smock with ‘pawel to the people’ written across the shoulder blades
image by rafał Żurek


entrance to the draftmen’s congress
image by marta gornicka


’7th berlin biennale: draftsmen’s congress’ by berlin biennale

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