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Het is zo fijn dat wij hier niet meer over politiek hoeven te praten
It’s so nice that we don’t have to talk about politics any more
Dutch political slogans, HD Video, 4 min, 2013


The work It’s so nice that we don’t have to talk about politics anymore began with research into political taboos in the Netherlands – I asked Amsterdam’s political campaign office BKB to carry out this research. BKB, as stated on their website, “has access to extensive expertise in the field of strategic political advice” and “has worked with heads of state, politicians and directors from corporate and non-profit organizations”.

BKB organized a research meeting in May 2013 at which many of the participants claimed that the Dutch had no real political problems nor taboos and that as one journalist pointed out, “we live in a blessed country”. Nevertheless, a number of so-called ‘resolved’ political issues were identified which the Dutch were uncomfortable talking about. Those issues became the basis of this work – I turned them into political slogans which were performed – repeatedly shouted out – by a group of 25 people in one of Amsterdam’s inner gardens, in June 2013. The slogans included in this work, amongst others, are: “We were the good ones in the war”, “Finally, Indonesia is not a subject any more”, “Our army secures democracy all over the world”, and “We did what we could in Srebrenica”.

It’s so nice that we don’t have to talk about politics anymore is an ongoing work whose every version is an adaptation to the particular political context in which the work is performed.

 
Slogans:

Wij waren goed in de oorlog
We were the good ones in the war

Ons leger vestigt democratie, overal op aarde

Our army secures democracy all over the world

Iedereen die onderdrukt wordt, is welkom in Nederland
Everyone who is opressed is welcome in The Netherlands

Controle is niet erg, ik heb geen geheimen
Control is not so bad, I have no secrets

Wij wonen in een gezegend land

We live in a blessed country

Wij hebben gedaan wat we konden in Srebrenica

We did what we could in Srebrenica

Iedereen weet toch dat Zwarte Piet wit is

Everyone knows that Black Pete is white

Iedereen hier houdt van kunstenaars
Everyone here loves artists

Wij wonen in het mensenrechtenparadijs

We live in the human rights paradise

Eindelijk is Indonesië geen onderwerp meer

Finally, Indonesia is not a subject any more

Het is zo fijn dat wij hier niet meer over politiek hoeven te praten

It’s so nice that we don’t have to talk about politics any more