You are obliged to tell the truth
You are obliged to tell the truth, 2018
video, 4 min.
The fundamental right to asylum has been tightened in recent decades, with fewer and fewer people being able to rely on it. One has to struggle through a complicated asylum procedure. What does such a procedure look like and who can decide whether or not to allow people to stay? Why are the refugees being forced to justify their escape? These issues are rarely discussed in public, but the criteria and the course of the decision are highly questionable.
Since 2013, Marina Naprushkina has been observing the asylum procedures at a Berlin court. In the video You are obliged to tell the truth, the artist combines the questions judges pose to plaintiffs with Brandenburg landscapes.
The video was commissioned by the Tallinn Art Hall for the exhibition „The State is not a Work of Art“ in 2018, curated by Katerina Gregos.