“Deutschland schafft es ab” (Germany gets rid of it)
book collection campaign By Martin zet
With over 1.3 million copies sold Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany gets rid of itself) by Thilo Sarrazin is the most successful political non-fiction publication of a German author of the post-war period. The Czech artist Martin Zet now starts the campaign “Deutschland schafft es ab” (Germany gets rid of it) in the framework of the 7th Berlin Biennale. He calls to collect as many copies of the book as possible in order to get rid of them. “From a certain moment it is not important what the quality or real intention of the book is, but rather how it effects the German society. The book woke up and fed the anti-immigrant and mainly anti-Turkish tendencies in this country. I suggest using the book as an instrument enabling people to privately manifest their personal position,” Martin Zet states. The artist calls to collect at least 60,000 copies, which is in fact less than 5 percent of the total edition. The books will be shown in an installation at the 7th Berlin Biennale; after the exhibition they will be recycled for a good purpose.
Please deliver your copy in one of the participating delivery points or send it to us via regular mail and let it become part of the installation.
The first delivery point is opened on January 12, 2012 at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin-Mitte (accessible every day from 10 am to 8 pm).
Further delivery points in Berlin are:
- Alte Möbelfabrik | Karlstraße 12 | Köpenick
- Buchhandlung Pro qm | Almstadtstraße 48–50 | Mitte
- C/O Berlin | Postfuhramt | Oranienburger Straße 35/36 | Mitte
- DOCK 11 | Kastanienallee 79 | Prenzlauer Berg
- F&F-Reisen – im Havemann-Center | Flämingstraße 122 | Marzahn-Hellersdorf
- GRIPS Theater | Altonaer Straße 22 | Mitte
- Hebbel am Ufer – HAU 2 | Hallesches Ufer 32 | Kreuzberg
- Kosmetiksalon Babette | Karl-Marx-Allee 36 | Mitte
- Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien | Mariannenplatz 2 | Kreuzberg
- Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V. | Karl-Marx-Straße 131 | Neukölln
- Schlossplatztheater | Alt-Köpenick 31 | Köpenick
- Theater an der Parkaue | Parkaue 29 | Lichtenberg
Delivery points throughout Germany:
- dieschönestadt | Am Steintor 19 | 06112 Halle an der Saale
- Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig | Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9–11 | 04107 Leipzig
- Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) | im Dortmunder U | Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse | 44137 Dortmund
- Kay Volbehr | Georg-Büchner-Straße 20 | 18055 Rostock (from 6 pm)
- Kunstbau der Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus | Königsplatz / U-Bahn-Zwischengeschoss | 80333 München
- Kunsthalle Düsseldorf | Grabbeplatz 4 | 40213 Düsseldorf
- Kunsthaus Erfurt | Michaelisstraße 34 | 99084 Erfurt
- Kunstverein in Hamburg | Klosterwall 23 | 20095 Hamburg
- Kunstverein Leipzig | Kolonnadenstr. 6 | 04109 Leipzig
Join us in the campaign and install a collection point for your area! We will take care of transporting the books to Berlin.
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Posters of the action can be downloaded here:
We need your help and support to collectively make this project possible.
The comments on our website will be open for your personal opinion about the book and its content.