event of the controversial sculptor Jens Galschiot has cost the life of a Danish
cow. Together with an armada of sculptures the dead cow has headed for the Town
hall square of Copenhagen to join the ’Global Week of Action’, a campaign to
denounce the unfair international trade. Jens Galschiot will launch his
sculptural manifestation from Wednesday 13 to Monday 18 April.
local network for the campaign has invited the controversial artist to the
Danish capital. The aim is to fan a debate about the unfair international trade
agreements preventing the developing countries from access to the world market
and hence enable sustainable economic development. Throughout the week meetings,
concerts and manifold events will take place in Copenhagen. Worldwide 80
countries are joining the campaign.
sculptural manifestations will
start on Wednesday 13 April at 4 pm with a concert with Blue Foundation, Powersolo,
Al Agami &
Caroline Henderson, Ibrahim Electric and many others. Galschiot’s sculptures
will make up the scenography: Hunger Boys in copper, two huge masks and an
enormous Western woman (Justitia) sitting on the back of a starving African man.
During the concert the sculptures are hissed 9 m above the square to highlight
the imbalanced world trade. Previously the sculptures have joined manifestations
in Paris and London.
huge woman in copper with the telling title Survival of the Fattest will
remain on the square until Monday. Placed on Greek pillars, three metres high,
she will look down on the passers-by who may mirror themselves in the
self-righteous sculpture that is spotlighting the western world’s hypocritical
stance on international trade. A plate on the pillars says: I’m sitting on
the back of a man - He is sinking under the burden - I would do anything to help
him - Except stepping down from his back. (So speaks Justitia, Western
goddess of justice).
about 1 pm Galschiot
returns to the Town hall square to put up a pair of scales, 8 metres high. On
the one arm he will hang up the dead cow by its legs, on the other he will place
a number of Africans (in copper). The sculpture will point up the grotesque
fact that each cow in the EU receives a subvention of 800 US dollars to block
the poor countries from selling their products on the European market. The rich
countries agricultural subventions mount to 360 billion US dollars a year, more
than 5 times the Western development aid. For this extravagance a typical
European family pays about 2000 USD a year. This grotesque situation maintains
and deepens the imbalance in the world, Galschiot says about his piece of
art. The scales, the cow and the Africans will remain on the square until Monday.
For more info and photos:
www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=124 (the site will be constantly updated)
Jens Galschiot, tel. +45 6618 4058, mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Week of Action: www.april2005.org
Helle L. Severinsen, tel. +45 3022 0318, email@example.com
and Joes Mikkel Christensen, tel. +45 2890 8244,
About the artist:
Jens Galschiot stakes his art to fan a debate about the
imbalanced distribution of the world’s resources and about the ethical
foundations of our civilisation. On various occasions he has participated in
international NGO events, such as the European Social Forums in Paris and
London. He has put up a Pillar of Shame in Hong Kong, Mexico and Brazil to
denounce massacres on pro-democracy dissidents, on indigenous peoples and on
landless peasants. The projects are financed through sale of Galschiot’s
bronze sculptures to art collectors.
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