Vorschaubild für Installation It is like it is von Dennis Josef Meseg

Installation “It is like it is”


Installation of 111 masked mannequins

A tiny virus, a twenty thousand times thinner than a human hair, has done what the great and powerful of this world like to dream of: it dominates all thoughts. Without exception.

Nobody, no matter from which social class, no matter whether young or old, can avoid the topic of “Corona” these days. It haunts us all the time, right into our dreams. A deadly equalizer that brings people in line and unites them in a way never seen before. In their fear, their losses, their loneliness and need.

The installation “It is like it is” makes the incomprehensible tangible. Mannequins, at the beginning of the year still displaying the exuberant abundance of life-affirming, colorful clothing in the shop windows, are now standing together, only distinguishable in size and surrounded by an aura of hopelessness.

Red and white fluttering tape documents the insurmountable separation that the currently restricted life and the curtailment of fundamental rights of all people bring. A familiar community is broken down into a herd of individuals, all separated, and each yearning for familiar intimacy.

“It is like it is” shows in a touching way the high status of art. Already important and valuable in everyday life, it is a valuable element in the struggle for survival of society right now. Because it connects where there is no longer a connection, and it strengthens our confidence because it makes visible what is haunting our thoughts as a faceless, dark ghost.

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Memorial made of 111 masked mannequins

A memorial inspired by the current corona crisis. What should be reminded? The installation calls for more appreciation. More appreciation for yourself, your environment and your fellow human beings, family and friends. We shouldn’t take anything for granted, realize how valuable everything around us is and consider how quickly social life can change around us.

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Natürlich kenne ich Ihre Installation aus der Presse und aus Berichten von Augenzeugen. Ich finde dieses Projekt ausgesprochen gut. Es ist inhaltlich, formal und farblich absolut aktuell, es fällt auf, es weckt Interesse, macht neugierig und animiert zu Kommentaren, besser: Gesprächen. Ich sage Ihnen ein großes Kompliment. Das bringt als Überraschung und in der poppigen Erscheinung sehr viel in Schwung.” — Prof. Dr. Frank Günter Zehnder | Kunsthistoriker für mittelalterliche und zeitgenössische Kunst – Ehem. Direktor des Rheinischen Landesmuseums Bonn
“Ihre Interpretation ist wirklich bemerkenswert – nein, umwerfend ansprechend. Die Installation vermittelt genau das Gefühl von Corona. Und das mit einem so unglaublich einfachen wie überzeugenden Mittel.” — Felicitas Bixby; Die PR-Agenten – Stuttgart
“So simpel wie genial” — Besucher vor Ort
“GENIAL” Der Küster aus dem Dom zu Limburg an der Lahn

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The team behind “It is like it is”

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This installation would never have been possible on its own. There are now 24 hard-working helpers, always in different constellations, one more the other less, in the background of the installation “It is like it is”.

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