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Refugees: Art project stranded

Strong protests made Franco "Bifo" Berardi's planned performance Auschwitz on the Beach on Documenta 14 instead turned into poetry reading and panel debate.

In full knowledge that thousands of people are dying in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean, European countries have adopted an increasingly stringent immigration policy to "protect their values". Through agreements with Turkey, Morocco and Libya, the EU has in practice outsourced border control to neighboring continents. People's right to escape from war is no longer respected. What does it mean to society that we are able to accept this development? The idealist solidarity of the Left seems to have been thrown overboard in favor of egocentric capitalism, which has no room for "the others". A new mentality has taken over, based on racism and nationalism, where human rights are something that only applies to its own citizens.

Performance Project. Italian activist and writer Franco "Bifo" Berardi fears that we are about to commit a new Holocaust. During this summer's artwork Documenta 14 in Kassel in Germany, he planned a performance called Auschwitz on the Beach, based on a. . .

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Emma Bakkevik
International freelance writer for Ny Tid

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