Training Democracy, 2012
Werner Reiterer


In Training Democracy, Werner Reiterer explores the social demands of various opinion leaders in his own subversive way. Quotes collected from the American and European pro- and anti-abortion movements from 1999 to 2007 include protest slogans such as ‘Keep abortion legal’ or ‘My body, my decision’. Compactly arranged, the various demands are presented for viewers to literally browse through. Opinion meets opinion. Even aside from the ban on abortions in Poland, which was tightened in 2020, the slogans still have the potential to be socially explosive. Reiterer makes it painfully clear that democracy can only be truly tested by a constant and ongoing discussion of different opinions.

Courtesy of Galerie Ursula Krinzinger, Vienna