As the reaction on the recent political, cultural, ecological and social developments in 2015 – the international refugee crisis, the Islamist terror attacks in Paris and the beginning president election campaign in USA, Wilfried had been calling artists to submit and contribute a self-portrait and by showing their face in the literal sense, to take the position against such global and local incidents and developments.
On 20 January 2016, he released online his media art project – “self~[imaging] – artists show face against Populism and Intolerance”, which became later in 2018 – The Wake-Up Memorial – representing an ongoing demonstration by the participating artists working in different digital disciplines – video, digital image and soundart –
including Rosary Solimanto, Barbara Hasenmüller, Magdalena Libero, Giovanni Libero, Marilena Karagkiozi, Jem Raid, Sandrine Deumier, Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani, Nacho Recio, Tim Riley und Georgia Elizey, Luca Nanini, Katina Bitsicas, Roland Wegerer, Olga Guse, Masa Hilcisin, Francesca Fini, Dee Hood, Ekanem Oku, Marie-Suzanne Nourdin, Ronit Coulson, Keaton Fox, Ralph Klewitz, Nenad Nedeljkow, Mohamed Thara, Thomas Lisle, Adrian Lis, Albert Bayona, Zlatko Cosic, Deyan Clement, Letitia Gaba und Samantha Harvey, Roberto Echen, Timo Kahlen, Jasenka Vukelić, Pablo Di Iorio, Wojciech Gilewicz, Liliana Piskorska, Mohammadhossain Maghsoudi, Cis Bakker, Alison Karmel Ramer, Silvana Dunat, Bojana Knezevic, Kateryna Bortsova, Kabaracha Elizey, Muhammad Fajar Shidiq, Wildfilm, Chris Joseph, Christian Immonen, Humberto Ramirez, Christian Rupp, Michael Lazar, Petra Paul, Joanna Shuks, Maria Elena Danelli, Susanne Pillmann, Christine Bachmann, Cezary Ostrowski, Monika K. Adler, Waalko Dingemans, Allison Flom, Marion Musch, Avi Dabach, Shelley Jordon, Jens Hauspurg, RS Holtkamp, Oleksiy Gudzovskyy, Amir Kabir Jabbari, Hagen Klennert, David R Burns, Mladen Bundalo und Lucar Bundalo, Shahar Marcus, Rinus Groenendaal, Reinhard Hölker, Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani, Vince Briffa, Patrick Morarescu, Krzysztof Rynkiewicz, Isabel Pérez del Pulgar, Nouran Sherif und Muhammad Taymour, Neil Ira Needleman, Nico Winz, Lisi Prada, Johannes Gérard, Stephen Chen, Carla Della Beffa, My Name is Scot, Raimon Sibilo, Jan Haris, Juan Matias Musa, Karin Till, Ezra Wube, Raine Sibilo, Ausin Sainz, Frances Raboine, Daniel Wechsler, Bruce Eves, YunTing Tsai, Dova Cahan, Sean Burn, Manasak Khlongchainan, Badr Elhamami, Gil & Moti, Barry Douglas Smylie, Shivkumar KV, Salome Mc, Wrik Mead, Ralph Klewitz, Marlieke Overmeer, Anna Ursyn, Jacqueline Dann, Joseph Nechvatal.
Already in 2006, Wilfried had a similiar idea, when he initiated and realized the physical exhibition “self/portrait – a Show for Peace and Show for Humanity” – for being presented in Bethlehem in the Westbank and afterwards in Poland (Szczecin), Italy (Naples) and Argentina (Rosario, Santa Fe). Artists were invited to contribute their self-portraits as a demonstration of solidarity for the Palestinian people which simply were vanishing behind the monstrous, 7 meters high concret wall, separating the Palestinian Westbank from Israeli territory – violating fundamental human rights. THe same had happened in 1961 when the East German Communists errected the Berlin Wall. So there were good reasons, why a German artist made his personal contribution against this madness in 2006 – 45 years later.
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