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In a letter that Man Ray wrote and posted to Tristan Tzara on the 8 June 1921, the American artist writes in capital letters across the entire top of the page “MERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMER” The Hapax legomenon is a play on the punning words “MERDE” [SHIT], “LA MER” [THE SEA], “AMER” [BITTER], “LAME” [BLADE], “MER DE LA MERDE” [SEA OF SHIT]. Beneath these letters he collaged a photograph of a man with his penis tucked between his legs above a nude woman making a strange performative pose with her legs miming the shape of a capital letter “A” - To the left of the woman are the letters “de’l” and to the right the letters “merique !” making the rebus “de l’Amerique!” [from America]. The woman in the photo was not just any woman, but the eccentric Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, who has largely been forgotten from mainstream art history, her work forgotten and voice silenced by her male accomplices. The right to speak is the most basic of all human rights and when denied, that right turns to rage and the voice of protest. History is a dictator written by the winners. History is but just another mythology that is not fixed and with time is edited as the silent and oppressed find their voice. The news and social media steams are alive today with a new generation of voices Feminist, LGBT, Women’s Rights, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Climate Change and more. The Land Rights Claims in South Africa, the fence along the US border, Abortion Rights in Alabama, European Refugee crisis, Gilet Jaune in Paris, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, Anti-Pollution are not separate problems, but all simply facets of one larger problem of disintegration, dissolution, alienation, denial, segmentation, prejudice and bigotry in the name of profit “ME*ME*ME*ME*ME*ME” might just as well be the war cry of our contemporary age, the warble of cynical surrender, or the sign that hangs of the horizon of ecological disaster as the sun sets one last time on the sea of shit ! Your body, that temple of the 9 holes is key to your own emancipation and liberation. Your body is also at the centre of the revolution for climate change because you are what you eat, spit, cry, hear, smell, shit, fuck, piss and bite. As you breath in the air that someone else just breathed out, the borders between you and the world you live in disappear and the oxygen becomes every body’s problem. The street food that you eat was cooked by someone else’s hands after it had been delivered by another’s who took it from yet another whose green fingers seeded, sewed, nurtured and harvested their crop with love. Every time you eat and drink to live and grow with enough energy to love, think, feel and fuck, you are filling your synaesthetic senses with the emotions of every body in the chain of love and matrix of spirit we call reality. Fuck Descartes, now is not the time to think – it’s time to ProTest. iPROtest therefor I am ! !MERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMER Curated by Kendell Geers

In a letter that Man Ray wrote and posted to Tristan Tzara on the 8 June 1921, the American artist writes in capital letters across the entire top of the page “MERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMER” The Hapax legomenon is a play on the punning words “MERDE” [SHIT], “LA MER” [THE SEA], “AMER” [BITTER], “LAME” [BLADE], “MER DE LA MERDE” [SEA OF SHIT]. Beneath these letters he collaged a photograph of a man with his penis tucked between his legs above a nude woman making a strange performative pose with her legs miming the shape of a capital letter “A” - To the left of the woman are the letters “de’l” and to the right the letters “merique !” making the rebus “de l’Amerique!” [from America]. The woman in the photo was not just any woman, but the eccentric Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, who has largely been forgotten from mainstream art history, her work forgotten and voice silenced by her male accomplices. The right to speak is the most basic of all human rights and when denied, that right turns to rage and the voice of protest. History is a dictator written by the winners. History is but just another mythology that is not fixed and with time is edited as the silent and oppressed find their voice. The news and social media steams are alive today with a new generation of voices Feminist, LGBT, Women’s Rights, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Climate Change and more. The Land Rights Claims in South Africa, the fence along the US border, Abortion Rights in Alabama, European Refugee crisis, Gilet Jaune in Paris, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, Anti-Pollution are not separate problems, but all simply facets of one larger problem of disintegration, dissolution, alienation, denial, segmentation, prejudice and bigotry in the name of profit “ME*ME*ME*ME*ME*ME” might just as well be the war cry of our contemporary age, the warble of cynical surrender, or the sign that hangs of the horizon of ecological disaster as the sun sets one last time on the sea of shit ! Your body, that temple of the 9 holes is key to your own emancipation and liberation. Your body is also at the centre of the revolution for climate change because you are what you eat, spit, cry, hear, smell, shit, fuck, piss and bite. As you breath in the air that someone else just breathed out, the borders between you and the world you live in disappear and the oxygen becomes every body’s problem. The street food that you eat was cooked by someone else’s hands after it had been delivered by another’s who took it from yet another whose green fingers seeded, sewed, nurtured and harvested their crop with love. Every time you eat and drink to live and grow with enough energy to love, think, feel and fuck, you are filling your synaesthetic senses with the emotions of every body in the chain of love and matrix of spirit we call reality. Fuck Descartes, now is not the time to think – it’s time to ProTest. iPROtest therefor I am ! !

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