Rahman Hak-Hagir - HOW TO TRANSFORM SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL INTO SOMETHING UGLY (2018)
„Dedicated to the new Austrian government and their voters.“
Video Performance | 1:45 Mins. | Full HD
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Concept & Art-Direction: Rahman Hak-Hagir
Music: Johann Strauss II - An der schönen, blauen Donau (At the beautiful blue danube)
MOB RAGES, SCUM LAUGHTS
In the night of 24th of December a young man was found dead on top of a goods wagon in tyrol. A refugee who apparently tried to enter Austria illegally. An electric shock killed him.
„Finally some good news.“
„Hopefully that power line was not damaged.“
„I bet his smart phone battery is fully charged now.“
„Amazing how useful electricity is in general.“
„Sad, sad. Does it bother me? Let me just think about it. Nooo!!“
„Lethal electricity shock. Could this be the Solution?“
It kept continuing that way. Posting by posting. To read in the online forum of the largest newspaper in this country. Malice, infamy, contempt for mankind. On christmas eve. Only one female user raised her objection and her voice. And earned mockery: „Go and light a candle.“
Silent night, holy night. Mob rages, Scum laughs.
(Article by Othmar Wagner / Kleine Zeitung)
RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR (May 15, 1972) is an Austrian-born Vienna-based half-afghan conceptual and performance artist. His work is recently focussing on the conflicting priorities between individual and social environment. He is one of the founding members of the international artist collective, known as THE OTHER SOCIETY.