Debt Sets You Free

Debt Sets You Free, 2017
LED message board

The German word “Schuld” has a double meaning: “debt” but also “guilt.” The paradoxical phrase “Schuld macht frei” means “debt/guilt sets you free.” It is reminiscent of the slogan “Arbeit macht frei,” an infamous lie that “work sets you free,” inscribed above the entrance to Auschwitz. Expertly translated into 20 of the most spoken languages, the phrase “Schuld macht frei” carries additional meanings beyond “debt” in a strictly financial sense. The site-specific installation at the exhibition Edge.Piraeus in the port of Athens reflects on the conflicts that arise when morality interfaces with bodies, markets, and monetary policy.

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