Posters against racism and European politics could not be censored

Posters designed by artists Martin Krenn & Oliver Ressler for Aarhus on the topic of racism are finally installed in 90 light boxes throughout downtown Aarhus. The posters will stay up until October 24, 2004. This was possible, though the billboard company AFA JCDecaux rejected to
present the billboards to the public until Friday, October 15. They claimed that it is not possible to present a work which uses the logo with the 12 stars of the European Union. It was obvious that the company and Aarhus Municipality did not want to present the billboards in their city light boxes because of its political content. After pressure by media like TV Danmark, radio stations, and newspapers and an intervention by Martin Krenn & Oliver Ressler to destroy three stars of the EU logo on the poster, Aarhus Municipality had to give in. The very weak excuse to censor the work because of a “copy right violation” was undermined by the intervention from the artists.

The text on the banner and billboard posters read: “The ruling principle of capitalism legitimizes itself by means of two contrary ideologies: on the one hand the universalistic claim of the competitive society and on the other hand racism and sexism. Capitalism's non-redeemable promise of equality is in need of ideologies of inequality like racism. Racism makes legitimate the existing relations of inequality in capitalism and thereby contributes to its reproduction. Anti-racist practice should therefore always also aim at the demontage of the capitalist system."

Martin Krenn & Oliver Ressler
October 19, 2004