ɐrtists KIM SONNTAG 1, 2, & 3
Kunstblock and Beyond
Photo: Mietenwahnsinn Demonstration, Berlin
I became interested in Kunstblock after a talk in Berlin, where some artists associated with the group spoke out about solidarity. In the past few years, I’ve been in professional settings where the word “solidarity” raises eyebrows. Perhaps, to some, solidarity as a slogan connotes a naive anarchy that is more interested in its own violent expression of ideals than in working towards achievable goals. The softer slogan is diversity, which allows for anything and can easily find a mixture, even when it continues a status quo that renders the poor or marginalised invisible. Solidarity, however, is interested in the dirty work of understanding and even unraveling power. This is something I really liked about the Kunstblock artists Kim Sontag 1, Kim Sontag 2, and Kim Sontag 3. They are curious; they work in artistic research and action. They’ve got their heads on straight to take apart urban politics, real estate financialisation, neighbourhood dynamics and then to run media campaigns that bring the public into conversation about it all.
Photo: Kunstblock and Beyond
Photo: ZIA demonstration and hypnosis at Anhalter Bahnhof, Berlin