Billboards / lightboxes / banners by Oliver Ressler
Each photograph shows a parliament, covered by a giant flag. A quote by the US-American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn located at the lower picture margin reads: “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” This sentence, formulated 1986 as a reaction on the US-bombings of Tripolis, comes to our mind, given the fact of the huge refugee-tragedy taking place along the borders of the European Union. The politics of exclusion, implemented by the European Union and supported by the member states, is responsible for the death of thousands of refugees. The flag – until recently a symbol to give shelter for the weaker, is now a cloak for hostile human rights decisions cast in a legislative mold.