Wim Wenders in “NEW YORK 9/11 – War in Times of Peace”, an exhibition by Yadegar Asisi
„NEW YORK 9/11“ – New 360-degree panorama by the Leipzig artist Yadegar Asisi at Panometer Leipzig
The anti-war project recalls the September 11 attacks with their global and far-reaching effects on our present. The path through the exhibition leads chronologically back through the past 20 years to September 11, 2001. Five installations first visualize the less visible consequences of the fateful day: the suffering caused in war-torn countries in the Middle East, the immense follow-up costs of the „war on terror,“ the fates of refugees and contemporary witnesses, the nameless victims of torture, hostilities and persecution as a direct consequence of 9/11. The installations dominating the space open up a human view of the forgotten side of suffering away from the culture of remembrance often focused on the West. For Yadegar Asisi, the focus is on existential questions about how we deal with war and violence: Why do we respond to terrorism with wars of aggression? How do we deal with flight and expulsion? Why do we forget so quickly when suffering and war do not directly affect us?
The installations are supplemented by contributions from selected guests including Shida Bazyar, Margot Käßmann and Wim Wenders.