After reading several articles and following the news during quarantine about extremists and false scholars who believe in conspiracy theories, Ammar Hatem noticed the association of this kind of populist propaganda with racism and incitement. The danger of these ideas, which seem to be mere theories, ended throughout history with massacres and ethnic cleansings. The publication of the Protocol Book of the Elders of Zion as conspiracy theory was a kind of incitement that led to the most monstrous crime in modern history, the Holocaust that resulted in killing around 6 million innocent persons. In this artwork, Ammar Hatem points to the issue of the conspiracy theory and its practice in terrorism, ignorance, and racism.
The print is a part of the Through Solidarity, We Survive initiative by CoCulture, Berlin, and is produced a limited edition of ten prints for Oslo World Festival. The art work is presented in Fotogalleriet's webshop as a part of the institution's collaboration with Oslo World Festival.
Ammar Hatem was born in Damascus, Syria and he is now based in Berlin. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Damascus, and then taught in Damascus before lecturing art at the Communication and Action Centre (KAZ) in Göttingen. He has exhibited in Damascus and across Germany including at the Künstlerhaus and Zoological Museum in Göttingen as well as at the Christoperskirche in Reinhausen, Germany. Alongside this, he had a solo exhibition “Ekliptik” at St. Marienkirche Göttingen.
Ammar Hatem was an Artist in Residence in Göttingen. He worked with the Ministry of Culture and Science in Niedersachsen to manage his project Phoenix, through which he organised numerous art exhibitions for several artists and many activities.