Christoph Schäfer

Auslaufendes Rot – Anti-Monument für die Rote Ruhr Armee (Fading Red – Anti Monument for the Red Ruhr Army), installation (flags on tower) 2010

 

Auslaufendes Rot – Anti-Monument für die Rote Ruhr Armee (Fading Red – Anti Monument for the Red Ruhr Army), installation (tram, poster prints with drawings) 2010, photo: Markus Ambach Projekte

 

Auslaufendes Rot – Anti-Monument für die Rote Ruhr Armee (Fading Red – Anti Monument for the Red Ruhr Army), drawing, 2010

 

Auslaufendes Rot – Anti-Monument für die Rote Ruhr Armee (Fading Red – Anti Monument for the Red Ruhr Army), drawing, 2010

 

Auslaufendes Rot – Anti-Monument für die Rote Ruhr Armee (Fading Red – Anti Monument for the Red Ruhr Army), tram inside, 2010

 

Christoph Schäfers installation retraces the 1920’s history of the the Red Ruhr Army to comment on the prevalent historization of these events, which according to Schäfer has been highly influenced by right-wing and conservative view points. He digs into a history of self-organized, syndicalist struggles, an attempt to organize a powerful socialist army in the Ruhr-Region to counter the anti-democratic, right-wing coup attempt called Kapp-Putsch in Berlin. The installation includes many different places, a water tower that became symbol of the struggles, a tram with 1920s slogans and a series of drawings on posters along a major road of the region.

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