The Punishment (2005) by Ondrej Brody and Kristofer Paetau

Kiez Avantgarde Kunstschule, part II: THE PUNISHMENT (2005)

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Kiez Avantgarde Kunstschule is a contemporary art project involving pre-teen children from Soldiner Kiez in Berlin, Germany. During a summer workshop, the artists Ondrej Brody (CZ), Ivars Gravleis (LAT), Kristofer Paetau (FIN) and Avdey Ter-Oganian (RUS) planned to introduce a group of children into the practice of contemporary art, thereby referring to the longtime project “School of Contemporary Art” initiated by Avdey Ter-Oganian with teenagers in Moscow in the 1990s. Our project didn’t turn out as expected: We didn’t manage to find a steady group of children to work with, so we decided to go to the nearest playground in order to attract children to participate in this project.

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in
Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says:
Fool me once, shame on…shame on you…
fool me…you can’t get fooled again.”

George W. Bush

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