Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate


Series of 3 multi-media works


Year 2016


Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate is a series of three works; “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate by Ronald Reagan Marwa Benhalim” - A , “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate by Ronald Reagan Marwa Benhalim” - B and “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gates by Ronald Reagan Marwa Benhalim Marwa Benhalim”


“Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate by Ronald Reagan Marwa Benhalim” - A is the digital representation of my handwritten annotation, redaction and transformation of President Ronald Reagan's Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in June 12th 1987 and interjection of my own text with it. The final speech moves through the questioning of borders, identity and revolution while calling for the dismissal of division in the world.


“Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate by Ronald Reagan Marwa Benhalim” - B is a site specific performance in Berlin, Germany of a humanist speech which appropriates President Ronald Reagan's Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in June 12th 1987 in which he stated the famous line “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” asking for utopic unity and the dismantlement of all borders (performance of “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate by Ronald Reagan Marwa Benhalim” - A. )


“Remarks at the Brandenburg Gates by Ronald Reagan Marwa Benhalim Marwa Benhalim” is a composed of three large 4 ft by 8 ft wood sculptures with engraving showcasing the process of annotations, redaction, transformation and interjection of my own text onto the Ronald Reagan’s speech. The engravings monumentalize the text in size and engrave it as a symbol of importance, making it seemingly permanent and elegiac, while it is actually ever changing.

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