Honour for artist Heinz Zolper

The Winter Foundation congratulates.


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(c) German artist Heinz Zolper honoured by Federal President


Heinz Zolper has rendered outstanding contribution to art and culture in Germany and internationally for decades. His early contacts and cooperation with famous movie stars, sports and popular culture are particularly noteworthy. His contact and collaboration with Andy Wahrhol, who greatly appreciated Zolper's independent contribution to pop culture, is legendary.
The Winter Foundation congratulates the artist on being honoured by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Other voices:
Kunstforum International

Manifesto Against Hate


Against the spread of hate
Hate can release energy and create a great negative identity. But this feeling never creates anything without destroying at the same time. One of the great tasks of art and culture is to give people the opportunity for self-reflection and to pay attention to foreigners. This is only possible through the freedom of the arts and this should not be underestimated. Art and culture are not just an end in themselves, but an offer and thus an opportunity for all people to find each other and to discover commonalities.

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(c) Heinz Zolper. Set an example for love and respect I Versöhnung der Werte I Winter Stiftung Hamburg

Powerlessness can create hate
Hate is the opposite of love, it not only rejects a person, but also wants to harm them. It arises, for example, from envy, jealousy or spurned love. But it is more than contempt, because in many cases it also increases the self-esteem of the hater. In this sense it can be the result of a deep emotional or a painful situation, if one is powerless and if one believes that there will be no change on one's own strength.

Lack of joy
A lack of joy in life, in the individual situation, is an essential basic component of hate, but it does not lead to an automatism. Rather, it can open up three ways: be an occasion for a new beginning and self-reflection, lead straight into depression or develop hate as an outlet. No one is immune from it. However, everyone should learn to become aware and to deal with their feelings and to find solutions to problems.

Aggression as the engine of hate
Hate is primarily understood as a character trait. A (re) action of hatred is therefore an expression of a large, often unrecognized potential for aggression, an inherent hate that has already grown. Therefore, hate does not arise at some point, but develops very early, often from the experience of injustice. The feeling of not being loved, however, needs a ray of light through support, through solidarity. Where this does not happen, it can become contempt for people who are viewed as potential opponents or even only for people who, due to their suspected weakness, are seen as the punching ball of their own aggressions.

Hate as an outlet for dissatisfaction
In such a case a person can display a special kind of satisfaction and fun when he hates what is lacking in reactive hate. To understand this, it might help to refer to the phenomenon that malicious joy is often stronger than the feeling of joy. The main difference to reactive hate is the causal willingness to hate and thus relativize or exaggerate one's own situation. This kind of hate actually requires enemy images, which only end in outbursts of hatred.
Both images of the enemy and occasions can be surprisingly interchangeable. In addition to an already aggressive character trait, the cause is a lack of or incorrect knowledge of one's own situation and other people and contexts. In hate, one's own inability is not compensated for by thinking and learning, but exclusively by an - often interchangeable - aggressive attitude.

Unequal treatment drives hate
The reactive hatred is related to a certain event or the negative action of one or many other people, which is perceived as harmful. He has a reason in the perception of a perceived unequal treatment. Without this precondition, it usually does not arise. In the case of reactive hate, it is the situation that creates the hatred; in the case of character-based hatred, on the other hand, a non-activated hostility is updated by the situation.
Activating character-related hatred in a group or even across society in entire sections of the population can lead to a highly explosive chain reaction. Often very different, even opposing individuals or groups can unite in this way, only to face a common fine picture.

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(c) Carlos Barbarena Flatlands Press 2020. Tod George Floyd Print I Global Galleries

Racism a human problem
A special form of hate is developed in racism. It is not directed against personal injuries, not against political convictions - just a different skin colour or a supposedly different ethnicity or descent are sufficient. The hater wants to be in the position of "true" and thus privileged human lineage, the object of hate is captured solely through exclusion. Of course, ignorance of the “other”, oppositions and sexual envy also playing essential roles. In order not to damage one's own “sublime” morality, however, this is ignored. Anyone can become a victim of racism if they get into a xenophobic situation. The history of humanity at all times is also a history of racism. Racism has to be differentiated from cultural or religious intolerance, but they provide a breeding ground for this. The invention of human races forms the more modern, pseudoscientific, but actually criminal basis for humiliating and marginalizing people solely on the basis of their ancestry. The Holocaust is arguably the most horrific result of such a development. But even anti-Semitism was not able to help enlightenment and turn away through the glaring light of the millions of murdered people. People look for a scapegoat for what they dislike, for what they cannot explain and for their inadequacies. Apartheid systems and the never-ending social exclusion and criminalization of people of colour take place on the same battlefield. "I can’t breath", the so often repeated shattering cry for help from Tod Floyd was accordingly not only his personal pleading, but at the same time a cry for help from all oppressed coloured people and beyond, all oppressed and disregarded people as well.

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(c) Stop Asian Hate! - Winter foundation

No justice, no peace
Stop Asian Hate! Racism against Asians has also increased so much recently that artists, among others, are actively resisting it. Even in the 21st century, the phenomenon is omnipresent and among us. A group of deaf (!) creative people has teamed up for an international initiative and uses American sign language for this. The artist Christine Sun Kim, born in California, daughter of Korean emigrants, has lived in Berlin for years. For a good cause you can buy limited edition shirts with the hand signals for "Stop Asian Hate". The proceeds will be split between the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Community Fund and Stop #AAPIHATE with Asian Signers.

Reconciliation of Values
Of course, art and culture cannot decisively combat hatred, but they can help to heal people and societies
The Reconciliation of Values ​​project is cross-societal and open to everyone who is ready to rethink their ideas and those of others. Reconciliation of values ​​is not looking for what separates, but what connects. To do this, we need to get to know more about ourselves and about others. Respect and love are the basic foundations of this project with which all people are addressed. To do this, we need to put a stop to hatred - at every point and immediately.
Treat your fellow human beings with respect and don't just let your feelings guide you. You cannot control another person or their behavior, but you can control your own. And this can be the first step towards peaceful coexistence. Of course we cannot and should not accept everything. But we should treat each other politely so that we can get to know each other better.
An open society needs social interaction, but also rules. You can't demand love, but respect can. And hate? It can and must be named, confronted with its anti-social consequences - and perhaps with legal consistency, with pedagogical dedication and with the opening up of knowledge and participation, it can at least be contained and transformed into something constructive. But that also required more than warm words, but the relentless willingness and opportunity for social participation and responsibility.

LAS I Peter Merten

Reconciliation of values ​- Versöhnung der Werte

In cooperation with Winter Stiftung and Artforum Culture Foundation, the project Reconciliation of Values ​​has started under the artistic direction of Heinz Zolper. In a time of disputes and fake news, the project would like to offer a culture platform for social interaction in love and respect. The project Reconciliation of values ​​wants to address consciously emotions and to stimulate thoughts. The project is about recognizing what are the connections between different ways of thinking and cultures - to encourage new and better social behaviour. Artists, private individuals, decision-makers from society, politics and business - they are all invited to get involved and become part of the project. Therefore the project thrives on the diversity of participation. It is precisely the diversity of people and, especially, other projects that feel committed to these goals ​​can contribute to the reconciliation of values.

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(c) Zolper. Vesöhnung der Werte (Reconciliation of Values), Liebe. ArtForum Editions

We are convinced that a greater openness to foreign ideas can open mind and soul to an understanding of other values. We are confident that a mutual effort to show spiritual, moral and material appreciation will help to resolve confrontations. Reconciliation of values ​​can only become a reality by being accommodating. The inviolability of human dignity, mindfulness and respect - these are the parameters and the irrevocable rules that can create and secure a balance in society.

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(c) Zolper. Vesöhnung der Werte (Reconciliation of Values), edition box. Artforum Editions

An edition box by Heinz Zolper with 12 graphics has been published by ArtForum Editions. The results will initially support the non-profit project. The subscription price for Edition B is 1,800 EUR. Price from 01.02.2021: 1.980 EUR. 

If you like to work for a more livable society and to support the basic goals of the project: Please, purchase the edition or donate directly to our donation account. We are happy to welcome you.

Peter Jacobi – Retrospective MNAC Bucharest

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(c) Peter Jacobi - retrospective exhibition MNAC, Bucharest 2020/2021

A solo exhibition is dedicated to Prof. Peter Jacobi, sculptor and conceptual photo artist, at MNAC Bucharest. At the end of his world career, the retrospective exhibition, which also contains new sculptures and photographic works, represents a renewed appreciation of one of the most important Romanian-German artists of our time. His famous memorial for the victims of the Holocaust in Romania in Bucharest (2009) commemorates the victims of the fascist Romanian regime under Ion Antonescu.

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(c) Peter Jacobi - in front of two of his column drafts

The exhibition is given ample space on the third floor of the former presidential palace, the largest building in the world. There is ample space for visitors on the huge areas, which is very important in times of Corona. Due to the pandemic,  the number of visitors is likely to be smaller, but the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art (MNAC) has planned to present individual works or groups of works on the museum's website or on Facebook.

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(c) Peter Jacobi - One man show MNAC Bucharest. Exhibition-Design Atilla Kim. Winter Stiftung -1

Peter Jacobi (* 1935) has created an impressive and multifaceted work in over 60 years that addresses fundamental questions of time, transience and memory in sculptures and photographic works. His works can be found in museums and public institutions in many countries.
You can also find more information about Peter Jacobi on our partner site: Global Galleries.

Bucharest, Romania
December 11, 2020 - March 28, 2021

World AIDS day – is every day

World AIDS Day

AIDS, Corona and other pandemics can only be defeated together - or never.

More than 12 million people worldwide are still and again and again without possible medical HIV treatment. This hits people hard, particularly  in poor countries, the so-called Third World. Corona exacerbates the inadequate supply. It is a sad realization that due to the corona pandemic, the number of almost 700,000 deaths from last year will increase by over than 100,000. But even if the evil is known and described, however, we are not a bit closer to a solution. If we really want more protection for ourselves, we need protection for all people. This is not only a requirement of humanity, but also a law of reason. In a global world there is no isolation, which is why it is all the more important: Everything you do for others will helps you too.

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Setting a sign for love and respect. (c) Heinz Zolper, lady as a symbol. Multiple I jewelry pin. ArtForum Editions
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(c) Zolper - Lady with Aids. ArtForum Editions.      Global Galleries

There is no other sensible way: Only an ongoing socio-political imperative to contain pandemics of all kinds with all necessary measures can solve the problem. Just as AIDS is indirectly affected by Corona, other co-factors such as the increase in domestic and sexual violence, poor hygiene standards and poor education must also be combated . If one thing has become clear through the fight against corona: financial means are available to help those affected. What is needed, however, is also the recognition of social networking, the political will to implement the aid - and solidarity between all of us.
Because World AIDS Day is not just today. AIDS Day is every day until this epidemic is contained.



Statement for respect and human dignity

Invitation to show your position

Heinz Zolper is a German artist who has been campaigning for women and gender rights for decades, fundamentally for human rights through the means of art. The  European Artforum Culture Foundation accompanies and supports the artist in his project in cooperation with Winter Foundation Hamburg and other foundations or groups. Respect and human dignity are inalienable values ​​that the society - and therefore every single person - must defend. That's the reason why a particular concern of the artist is to sensitize and win over the public for the necessity of such engagement.

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(c) Heinz Zolper, Lady a a symbol, enamel iron jewellery pin. ArtForum Editions

An important project that demands the support of many people, especially of municipalities, states and the federal government, is dedicated to the creation and installation of lively memorials in social spaces. A striking sign for that is the stylized portrait of a lady (Zolper call her "Dame"), which is part of the artist's iconography in painting, repeatedly varied with different attributes. At the same time, Zolper transferred this symbol to other disciplines such as graphics or sculpture.
Andy Warhol, who had admired  Zolper - and vice versa -  had already valued the importance of the lady symbol as a trademark of socio-political positioning. Now, in collaboration with ArtForum Editions, the artist has designed a multiple that can be worn as a jewelry pin. The multiple is handmade from enamel on iron, height 5 cm, signed by the artist on the reverse. The "lady as a symbol" is not only a work of art and a wonderful piece of jewelry, but it enables its wearer to take a position for mutual respect, for the need for emancipation and gender justice, for social commitment and an indefatigable commitment to human rights - all of them fragile values ​​that need to be strengthened.

The multiple can be ordered directly online at a subscription price of 50 euros I 60 USD per object from H.Z@lper.de or by mail to info(at)artforum-culture-foundation.org or to  winterstiftung(at)web.de. Proceeds flow into the non-profit project for memorials in public spaces. If you would like to support the project in addition, please transfer your donation under the keyword "human dignity" to our foundation account. Your donations are tax deductible.

PM I see also: Jürgen Raap, in: Kunstforum International, Lady's symbol as a jewelry pin, 11/11/2020

Not fully human, not human at all

About dehumanization as degradation of human life

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(c) NOT FULLY HUMAN, NOT HUMAN AT ALL, Kunstverein in Hamburg

Kunstverein in Hamburg presents the artists project:
Not fully human, not human at all.

Not Fully Human, Not Human at All takes its name from Donna Haraway’s essay “Ecce Homo, Ain’t (Ar’n’t) I a Woman, and Inappropriate/d Others”, a text which challenges the “universal” claims of Enlightenment Humanism in order to propose conditions of what she calls “non-generic” collective humanity. The artists in this exhibition set out from similar positions as both Haraway in order to propose new ways of thinking through our collective states of humanity. 
Participating artists with performances, Vieos, installation and discussions are: Saddie Choua, Valentina Desideri , Denise Ferreira da Silva , Arely Amaut, Nilbar Güreş, Ibro Hasanović, Jelena Jureša, Doruntina Kastrati, Kaltrina Krasniqi, Pedro Neves Marques, Christian Nyampeta, Daniela Ortiz, Monira Al Qadiri, Lala Raščić and Kengné Téguia
This new exhibition, symposium and publication focuses on Europe as a geographic and conceptual framework, while reflecting on the dehumanization that characterizes many of the activities that humans have been doing in the name of “humanity” within its borders. It follows up on a three year project initiated by KADIST and curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez that appeared in three different European localities—Kosovo, Portugal, and Belgium—with institutional partners in these contexts.
Curators: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Bettina Steinbrügge
The exhibition is kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Kunstverein in Hamburg - Klosterwall 23

(because of Corona opening extends over the whole day)
23.10.2020, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission free

23.10.202, 6 p.m.
Kengné Téguia - Origins

24.10.2020, 3 p.m.

29.10. / 12.11. / 3.12. 2020 and 14.1. 2021, 5 p.m.
With Bettina Steinbrügge

With a.o.: Francisco Godoy Vega, Nina Möntmann, Jelena Petrović, Nora Sternfeld,
and all project partners and participating artists.

Session I, 3.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m.
Session II, 10.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m.
Session III, 17.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m.
Session IV, 24.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m.

The online assembly brings together various artists, partners and scientists to discuss the key aspects of the exhibition. Every Tuesday in November live here.

26.11.2020, 14.1.2021, 18.30 Uhr
Pedro Neves Marques – A Mordida 

Curators: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Bettina Steinbrügge.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with KADIST Art Foundation.
The exhibition is kindly supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.



Monika von Eschenbach

Virtual exhibition on KunststückebyDettmer

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(c) Monika von Eschenbach - Race, Box stop Monaco

The art salon KunstStücke by Dettmer in Cologne presents a virtual exhibition with works by Monika von Eschenbach.

The online exhibition invites to discover the artist's sculptural photo art. Fascinated works like box stop in Monaco, female view on woman bodies, new view on famous cologne cathedral architecture, Berliner Bogen by Teherani  or railway station Frankfurt  will challenge the way of seeing.
The virtual exhibition will also be a appetizer for her exhibition Fata Morgana, which is expected to take place at the beginning of 2021 (depending on Covid-19) - and which will present innovative art positions together with a wonderful work show by the painter Jana Dettmer.

Winter Foundation has been associated with Monika von Eschenbach for years, and the artist herself has also supported the foundation's goals by donating masterpieces of contemporary art.
Monika von Eschenbach, b. 1965 in Eschenbach ί. d. Opf., Bavaria, is a German visual artist and architect. As a traveler who explores the world again and again, she has rediscovered her ties to home. This opens up for her new paths in art. After studying architecture, she lived and worked i.a. in San Francisco, Alaska, Basel and at last she settled down in Cologne in 1993. Even while studying architecture, she dealt with free photography and sculptural work. She worked as well as assistant for multimedia artist Michael Jansen, conceptual photo artist Heinz-Günter Mebusch and object maker and photo artist Vera Isler-Leiner.

Link to the virtual exhibition


Art as a mirror of soul and society

Meaning and protection of being different and thinking differently

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Monika von Eschenbach-invitation by the shark-mixed media-digital photo print

Our world lives from diversity and balance 

Where monocultures emerge, they initially use only a few, but destroy our common livelihood. Faults in nature and in social life are made possible by an imbalance of concentrated . If you want to counter abuses or eliminate them, you need to maintain a balance in the game of powers.

Our influence on the balance of power in nature may be small, but we can influence our own life positively or negatively. The world of business and politics is defined by rules and breaches of rules, with the result not only of prospering societies, but also of climate change, wars and migration movements. We can change something, but only if there is a fundamental change in awareness and the relationships that result from it.

Logically these findings also apply to the world of art. Art and the art system do not have a life of their own, but are always as well  a mirror of the surrounding nature and society. The boom in the art market, the overemphasis on individual protagonists who threaten to neglect the asset, may shown to art lovers a distorted picture of the art world. If art wants to be able to fulfill its essential social task, artists must finally be perceived and valued as natural, necessary partners within the social fabric. Without art and culture a development of society - and thus also of the economy - is ultimately impossible. Having and wanting to use what is necessary, but still not appreciating it, ultimately reflects a basic problem of all common social systems. As important as it can be sometimes to focus on something, without diversity everything is nothing.

Just as there is a monopolization of the art scene with regard to a few "chosen ones", the perception of art is also shaped by a gender-specific imbalance. The imagination that is required to create something new is primarily attributed to the male gender and secondly to market value. Women, on the other hand, have at most been granted the status of muses or perhaps as sponsors of artists. Women whose work still arrive the eye of the public and who cam live from their work, are still a exception. Also in the case they are gifted by talent, success seems to be often unbelievable.

Art as mirror of soul and society

If you acknowledge that a work of art will be at its best a mirror of the soul, then it should also be noted that art is a mirror of society. Of course, this includes the inner and outer structures. Unfortunately, equality by balance is still terra incognita not only in art administration, but also in the field of artists themselves. If you want equal rights to participate in life, you need increased awareness and, above all, solidarity in the world of lone artists. Shouldn't it be a sign of freedom and reason that each individual can develop and imagine their own view of the world?

Thankfully, there are approaches of social movement and also a few artists who openly represent the conviction of equality as the premise of a social community. For example, Michael Jansen, veteran of the new avant-garde, calls  for "destruction of expectations" (see:  exhibition at KunstStücke by Dettmer | art projects). He would like to encourage expectations to break out of crusted thinking. His artist friend Heinz Zolper, painter and multimedia actor, as well has been committed to work on the ideas of "love and respect" for decades and even start "Dame - cult"  as a project for public spaces. He is pointing to the importance of the female being and is warning of the obligation to protect the other. Both artists recognize the pedagogical need to counter a borderline society and anti-social behavior and to show exemplary ways. The basic essence of a free society is precisely the coexistence of differentiation as well as agreement. In this respect, any preference based on natural or artificial differences is forbidden in an open society.

However, people don't just need art and culture to be human, artists also need unhindered access to the public as a basis of their lifes. The right to artistic development also means the right to connect with the public and to live by working. In this respect, it is an obligation of society as a whole to enable and promote this requirement regardless of gender, age and above all relationships.

Guest contribution: ArtExpert I network - Peter Merten, art and cultural scientist *
The article is also published on KunstStücke by Dettmer I art projects

* Merten recently edited the following books on ArtForum Editions I KulturPlusMedien (new):
- Truths believed. Contribution to the philosophy of photography. Considerations on the work of the conceptual artist and
Photographer Heinz-Günter Mebusch, 2020
- KAIN - Principle of the evil. 2019
- Magic of painting / or / What it's like to be yourself. Heinz Zolper monograph

Online order at: winterstiftung (at) web.de.

Conspiracy theories on Corona – a challenge

Brief note on conspiracy theories

Numerous conspiracy theories also circulate in Corona times.
What is behind it?

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George DuBose - Biz Markie. ArtForum Editions

Conspiracy theories are a psycho-sociological phenomenon that broadly describes the attempt to explain a state, an event or a development through a conspiracy.  It is suspected, that i.e. a targeted, secret work of a mostly small group of people will detriment a few other people or or (parts of) society . They are generally understood by the public in the sense of ideologies that ultimately do not promote a critical debate, but rather hinder it. Numerous conspiracy theories also circulate in the case of the corona virus.

As far as conspiracy theories are based on rational and verifiable statements or questions, one should correctly speak of conspiracy hypotheses.
Hypotheses are fundamentally not negative, they require space where knowledge is missing or is not accessible.

Imagine: Corona-virus and its disease Covid-19 as well as conspiracy ideologies threaten humanity. Knowledge, solidarity, respect and love are required like never before.

So, even in times of Corona, numerous questions are still open:

-  Why is a long time advised procedure to wear protective masks  rejected or made ridiculous instead to declare openly that preventive measures are still missing? 
-  Why free stays in the fresh air (even in the forest, mountains, sea) are prohibited, but inside supermarkets (different from district to district, from city to state), supermarket cashiers and customers are unprotected?
- Why are disinfection procedures are done and masks prescribed and worn especially in countries with some experiences with aerosol diseases?  But in e.g. Europe there is  not even insight into this question yet?

Of course, we cannot give any qualified answers at this point and would even like to expressly warn against conspiracy ideologies.
Perhaps, however, our information will help to understand the problem somewhat better and to protect us all.

Truths Invented or Believed?

When it is no longer possible to explain everything with the work of an almighty God, there is a growing tendency to attribute unpleasant phenomena to the dark power of a conspiratorial group - “somebody has to be responsible for it”. This appears to be the only solution out of your own ignorance and responsibility. In this sense, conspiracy theories in the sense of hypotheses are primarily to be understood as symptoms of a crisis in the face of a state of ignorance. The state of ignorance in turn leads to fear. Fears are a natural feeling, so you should take them seriously. They are not sick as such, but they can make you sick if you can't deal with them.

Violence - internally and / or externally - can be a result of fear and thus a logical consequence of conspiracy tendencies: if the threat posed by an overpowered power is to great and if there is still no means due to an ideological self-sealing to refute the fearful idea, then, maybe, every means attainable will be right to defend it.

Fears must therefore always be taken very seriously. A way out of weakness can only provide by knowledge through comprehensive transparency and education. Because knowledge is the best way to find solutions. However, there will be no state of omniscient truth.Knowledge does not mean truth. Any research can only create knowledge, but we can only believe the truth *. Ultimately, truths cannot be suppressed by disciplining what can be said, but only by accessing and accepting as diverse a knowledge as possible.

* Recommended for a fundamental insight into the phenomenon "Believed Truths" is the publication of the same name as a contribution to the philosophy of photography at ArtForum Editions I KulturPlusMedien. Book order online at: winterstiftung (at) web.de.

Stay healthy**

**A common project of Artforum Culture Foundation,  WinterStiftung Hamburg  and GoPublic-Stiftungsberatung