• Issue
  • Jan 01, 2023

Big Story: Problems of Europe

Photo of the remaining racks that had supported TARING PADI‘s mural People’s Justice (2002) after its removal on June 21, 2022, at documenta fifteen, Kassel. Photo by and courtesy of Reza Afisina.

Even before its 100 day-run from June 18 to September 25, documenta fifteen landed at the center of Germany’s culture wars. The quinquennial’s artistic directors, the Indonesian collective ruangrupa, faced a climate of skepticism from nationalist politicians and rightwing news media as they shaped the event through their non-hierarchical decision-making and community-oriented practices.