Schuld macht frei

Schuld macht frei, 2017
LED message board

The German word “Schuld” has a double meaning: “debt” but also “guilt.” The seemingly illogical phrase “Schuld macht frei,” reminiscent of the infamous Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei,” means “debt/guilt sets you free.” Translated into 20 of the world’s most spoken languages, the translation of “Schuld” carries meanings beyond “debt” in a financial sense. The site-specific installation in Piraeus, Athens reflects on the conflicts that arise when morality interfaces with financial markets and monetary policy.

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