Projections, Street view, Gallery Perla Mode, Zurich, 2008

Projections, Street view, Gallery Perla Mode, Zurich, 2008

Projections, Frame 01, 2008

Projections, Frame 01, 2008

Projections, Frame 02, 2008

Projections, Frame 02, 2008

Projections, Frame 03, 2008

Projections, Frame 03, 2008

Projections, Frame 04, 2008

Projections, Frame 04, 2008

Projections, Frame 05, 2008

Projections, Frame 05, 2008

Projections, Frame 06, 2008

Projections, Frame 06, 2008

Projections, Frame 07, 2008

Projections, Frame 07, 2008

Projections, Frame 08, 2008

Projections, Frame 08, 2008

Projections, Frame 09, 2008

Projections, Frame 09, 2008

Projections, Frame 10, 2008

Projections, Frame 10, 2008

Projections, Frame 11, 2008

Projections, Frame 11, 2008

Projections, Frame 12, 2008

Projections, Frame 12, 2008

Projections, Frame 13, 2008

Projections, Frame 13, 2008

Police raid at the Gallery

Police raid at the Gallery

Gallerist Esther Epstein trying to explain the project to the Swiss police

Gallerist Esther Epstein trying to explain the project to the Swiss police

The gallery was fined for showing Projections - scan of the official document, 2008

The gallery was fined for showing Projections - scan of the official document, 2008

Media like this kind of stuff...

Media like this kind of stuff...

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More media reactions..

More examples from media reactions

More examples from media reactions

More... Everybody wrote about it, etc.

More... Everybody wrote about it, etc.

Projections, 2008

Projections was a site-specific project made for the Perla Mode Gallery on Langstrasse in Zurich. The show was stopped on the last day by the police, officially because of the pornographic aspect of the last frame of the comics-drawing. As it was meant to reflect the local area – Langstrasse in the vicinity of the gallery is a "red-light district" featuring many prostitutes, sex-shops and brothels with openly pornographic imagery, as well as drug dealers and such – I chose the scene of the comics to have sexual content. The other topics involved were various texts taken out of different contexts such as media, advertising and politics. The police that intervened were a special "sex-police" unit and the gallery was fined. I considered this a very good opportunity to spark a discussion on the Langstrasse issues, as it is rather absurd that an art project receives police attention and the reality in the area, which includes illegal prostitution and trafficing of women is left alone. The gallerist Esther Epstein and I appealed the fine in the municipal court. The project therefore was not over and continued in a form of an event-situation, involving official institutions. Of course it was all over the Swiss media, as the stupid police men bit off more than they could chew..