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White Song /1

2016

installation,
photo panel

White Song /1
White Song /1
White Song /1
White Song /1
White Song /1
White Song /1
White Song /1
White Song /1

White Song - Among Others

Object installation, photo panel

Galerie Ebensperger, Berlin, 2016

White Song – Among Others
Object installation, acoustic guitar, comma, color projection, 2016

White Song – Versions Of Hate ( No.1)
Sheet music installation, composition by Albert Orgon (2016),
an adaptation of Roy Harper's song I Hate The White Man (1970),
music stand, black folder, color projection, 2016

White Song - Among Others (Race Abstraction)
Photo panel, 4 pieces of 60x90 cm, giclée print, wooden frame, 2016

The verses on the four photos are taken from Roy Harper's song “I Hate The White Man” (1970). In this song Harper explains why he hates the “White Man” in very significant poems that mention all destructive actions of white men against other races in this world. I found this song very strong and beautiful since Harper is a musician who strongly criticizes Western societies while being a British white man himself. Harper raises a very ambivalent question while he seems to be caught in his origins. From this song I abstracted single parts from the refrain and changed the colour to red, yellow and black. Since I introduced a comma after the colour, I changed the meaning of the sentene, so hate does not apply to humans anymore, but refers to some object or to the color itself. The significance of the comma is the main motif, this minimal correction completely confuses the meaning of the lyrics, abstracts it from the original statement: "For I hate the red, man, in its evergreen excuse / And I hate the white, man, in its doctrinaire refuse / For I hate the yellow, man, and its plastic excuse / And I hate the black, man, it turned itself loose.”

Connected interview by Helene Romakin: artfridge.de

Photo: Galerie Ebensperger