Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Our thoughts are free)

Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Our Thoughts are Free) was an exhibition which incorporated videos, photographs, a song pamphlet, and sound insulating foam. The artworks in the exhibit were all inspired by the German folksong "Die Gedanken Sind Frei." Resistance movements all over the world have sung this song as a demonstration of dissent, solidarity, and power.
Rise up singing, 2011 (installation view)

Rise up singing, 2011, 3:24 min. loop, single channel HD video projection


Around (bowling), 2011, 6:48 min. loop, single channel HD video


This exhibit revolved around the folk song "Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Our thoughts are free)," which originated in the 1500's during the Peasant's Rebellion in Western Europe and has been utilized in various political, social, and cultural struggles throughout the centuries. The song has been used in some of the most important struggles for freedom in the Western world, such as anti-Nazi campaigns in WWII, the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and in anti-internet censorship struggles. Most recently Elana Mann translated the song into Arabic in solidarity with the Arab Spring in the Middle East. In the exhibition the artist created a pamphlet containing translations of the song in German, English, and Arabic as well as a timeline of the song's history. The exhibit points to the importance of resistance songs such as "Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Our thoughts are free)," that continue to inspire generations of people to collectively work towards dreams of peace and justice.

Fake book for free-seekers, 2011, dimension variable, Unlimited edition
Fake book for freedom-seekers (detail), 2011, dimension variable, Unlimited edition
1524, 1942, 1966, 2011, 2011, 40" X 27", pigment on paper
Backyard Odyssey, 16" X 20", duratrans print with lightbox