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“November November”

Galerie Anselm Dreher

Conceptual artists have long been making works that comment on the obsolete political systems in postwar Europe, and “November November” brought a number of these efforts together. The exhibition’s point of departure was a work by Robert Filliou, This Flag Is Meant to Straddle National Borderlines, 1972–74, which was part of a series that attacked national (chauvinistic) emblems and rhetoric. Composed of two flags, the work appears as an ironic assault on national symbols and border demarcations.

Jochen Gerz was represented by three photo-text works from the “IT WAS EASY. . . . ” series of 1988. Each piece consisted of five black and white photos hanging in vertical columns that distortedly reproduce a horizon with five drifting clouds. Alienating texts such as “IT WAS EASY TO MAKE LAWS FOR PEOPLE” and “IT WAS EASY TO MAKE SOAP OUT OF BONES,” coupled with the distorted images, reflect

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