Dmitri Prigov
(1940–2007)

Dmitri Prigov, from the series “Appeals to the Citizens,” 1985–87, D. A. Prigov Foundation, installation view, Press and Information Center (former Leder Meid store), Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Michael Nast

Dmitri Prigov, from the series “Appeals to the Citizens,” 1985–87, D. A. Prigov Foundation, installation view, Press and Information Center (former Leder Meid store), Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Michael Nast

When Dmitri Prigov first tried to exhibit his “Appeals to the Citizens” in public spaces in Moscow—pasting them onto electricity poles or pinning them to trees—he was arrested and sent to a psychiatric hospital, and was released only following protests by the international community. The work challenged all possible Soviet-era norms in relation to the artist, the artwork, the exhibition, and the citizen.

The current presentation of the project was developed specifically for the Press and Information Center, a non-normative exhibition space, an in-between space. It was also conceived of as a presentation that would grow as the exhibition continues, beginning with the opening of the space in Kassel on April 27, when a first, small selection of “Appeals” were displayed. Following this, new “Appeals” have been added everyday.

To some extent, this installation functions like a calendar, counting the days of documenta 14, adding an additional layer to the project’s intersecting temporalities.

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