ich bin rein

I am pure

2014. Series of posters. Action in urban space.

Eine Frage der Zeit. Statements zum Archiv des Untoten
A cooperation of Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and Kulturstiftung des Bundes

A project in the frame of Archiv des Untoten exhibition in Halle. Artists and designers were asked to suggest an artwork to fill in the advertising surfaces at Frankenplatz for the time of the exhibition in Halle. The work is supposed to be an artistic commentary to the subject of the main event – Die Untoten – Life Sciences & Pulp Fiction. I quote the chapter 125 from the ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead – a book which was meant to assist a dead person’s journey through the underworld, and into the afterlife. In this chapter the deceased was led by the god Anubis into the presence of Osiris. There, the dead person swore that he had not committed any sin from a list of 42 sins, reciting a text known as the “Negative Confession”. At the end of this “I have not...” list he repeated several times – “I am pure”*.

Each of the 42 confessions is reproduced as separate poster which advertise the ongoing event in Halle. Posters might be spread separate across the city as well.
Each day the artist plasters one of the confessions with a blanc poster. At the end of the exhibition on the 6th April only “I am pure” sentence is left visible, the rest are white.
All sins are atoned and the deceased may enter the bark of the Sun God!
Or are they only disguised?
Or considered to be sins no more?


* the original German translation is borrowed from a book:»Die Moral der alten Aegypter nach Kapitel 125 des Totenbuches«, Hermann Moderau, Archiv fuer Orientforschung, 12. Bd., 1937-1939

See several translations into English: 1, 2, 3
перевод на русский: 1







The passers-by are invited to add their own confessions