Jun 02 - 08 2019


30 years

June 2-8, 2019

Opening   June 2  18:00-22:00

30 years ago, Berlin was intense and Germany came to a historical turning point. The fall of the Berlin wall was a symbolic moment for the whole western world. Everyone was expecting an end of the cold war, which had shadowed continents since World War II. In the same year, millions of students and civils were marching and demonstrating for democracy and against corruption in China. The Protest of 1989, a passionate civil movement,  ended up with a military crackdown decided by Deng Xiaoping, in the middle night between June 3 and 4, which is known as “Tiananmen Massacre” today.

Since 2012, Xi Jinping and his new CCP leadership has been establishing a  new Chinese empire with limilary and economic strength, under the name of which, a new world superpower seems to be claimed.

The European countries and citizens are confused today.

Does China bring chances of economic growth? 

Is China undermining the EU and making the developing countries dependent?

In the last 30 years, has the EU enhanced democracy after the fall of the Soviet Union, or increased inequality?

Is it a good idea to give up democracy and human rights in exchange for economic gains, like what China does? Or if it is possible to stop Chinese propaganda which makes people thinking in this way?

“30 years” is a week-long commemoration of the Protest of 1989 and Tiananmen Massacre, combined with an art exhibition and interactive activities. Not only speaking out for the taken lives by political violence, more importantly, we are trying to create a way to understand contemporary history, to reflect how we live with it every day, and to own our destiny.

 

八九六四,对有些中国人来说这串数字是生命中永久的创痛和失去;对另一些人来说,它是再不会被提及的被掩埋的梦和青春;随着岁月流逝,信息封锁,对越来越对的年轻人而言它真的只是一串数字,没有含义。

然而,无论你是否知道六四,如何看待它,一九八九年六月三日午夜开始的暴力清场都决定了我们今天所生活中国,甚至全世界。

 

六四是三十年前冷战结束时西方世界对专治政治的妥协。从在苏联解体,亨廷顿所谓第三波世界民主化浪潮至今,六四为极权者抹杀异见,压抑公民诉求的行动手册写就了序言,它定义出个体在极权国家的生存空间;定义出自由与梦想的上限;定义出生命的最高议价权;定义出良知不该僭越的范畴。

 

今天,我们回顾六四,不仅仅是为了三十年前无辜逝去的生命,更是为了理解将时代与我们的宿命裹挟而行的当代历史,为了不放弃每个能主宰自己命运的时刻。