State of Exception

We want to enable the citizens, to look at the STATE OF EXCEPTION, which is continuously established to facilitate the self-aggrandizement and assertiveness of the sovereign. It encroaches upon each of us.

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The city of Hamburg will secure the political elite in an architecture of power. On the occasion of the G20 presidency summit more than 18.000 police forces will come in July 2017 to Hamburg from all over Europe. Police is gearing up. They bought new tanks, machine guns and high-tech monitoring tools. The German army is surveilling the harbor and the air over Hamburg. New prisons were built up for protesters. Judges will be working for 24 hours in a provisional court houses. Demonstrations in the inner city are forbidden during the summit.

Paul Lovis Wagner visually investigates the state of exception as governance strategy. He documents the preparations and a range of ministers summits all over Germany. In times of growing detachment between the rulers and the ruled, his focus lies on the representations of (in-)security and power.

Labour Summit, Bad Neuenahr, 18.5.17

Labour Summit, Bad Neuenahr, 18.5.17

Business Summit, Berlin, 3.5.17

Health Summit, Berlin 20.5.17

OSCE Summit, Hamburg, 3.12.16

Dancing takes place with those who are in the ballroom. That equally counts for international politics.

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Baden-Baden, 18.3.17

B20 Business Summit, Berlin, 3.5.17

B20 Business Summit, Berlin, 4.5.17

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Baden-Baden, 18.3.17

One honestly has to say that the Hamburgers have never been that safe.

G20 Health Summit, Berlin 20.5.17

OSCE Summit, Hamburg, 9.12.16

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Baden-Baden, 18.3.17

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Baden-Baden, 18.3.17

The only option to face a disregard of the security zones with restraining order is, due to the particular role and thus arising dangers, the use of immediate enforcement.

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Baden-Baden, 18.3.17

G20 Labour Summit, Bad Neuenahr, 18.5.17

G20 Health Summit, Berlin 20.5.17

B20 Business Summit, Berlin, 3.5.17

There will also be the throne, that the king will bring along. (…) I love something like this. The visit of the king of Saudi-Arabia will get a place of honor in our archives. My pleasure is tremendous. (…) As Hotelier I am foremost neutral. Obviously I would not host people, that are classified as dangerous by the inner secret service.

OSCE Summit, Hamburg, 8.12.16

G20 Presidency Summit, Hamburg, 27.6.17

G20 Labour Summit, Bad Neuenahr, 18.5.17

G20 Labour Summit, Bad Neuenahr, 18.5.17

Heads of autocratic and populist governments have, through the summit, the possibility to see how a vivid democratic society functions and furthermore how intense the involvement can be.

OSCE Gipfel, Hamburg, 8.12.16

OSCE Summit, Hamburg, 8.12.16

OSCE Summit, Hamburg, 7.12.16

OSCE Summit, Hamburg, 3.12.16

Hereby is imposed, that the constitution will be restricted between the 7 of July from 6 a.m. to the 8 of July 5 p.m. within the subsequent shown space. The constitution will be effected as within the mentioned space all outdoor gatherings are forbidden.

G20 Labour Summit, Bad Neuenahr, 18.5.17

B20 Business Summit, Berlin, 3.5.17

G20 Labour Summit, Bad Neuenahr, 18.5.17

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Baden-Baden, 17.3.17

We react proportionally. But a legal prohibition stays a legal prohibition. There is nothing you can do about it.

Hartmut Dudde, Head of Operations Police Hamburg

G20 Health Summit, Berlin 20.5.17

G20 Health Summit, Berlin 19.5.17

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Baden-Baden, 18.3.17

Kempinski Adlon Ballroom, G20 Health Summit, Berlin 19.5.17

We have put ourselves in the cells and there is really enough space.

Timo Zill, pressspokesmen of the police Hamburg, 20.06.2017

Prison for short-term detainment of protestors, Hamburg-Harburg, 22.6.17

Prison for short-term detainment of protestors, Hamburg-Harburg, 22.6.17

ID Scanners within the prision, Hamburg-Harburg, 22.6.17

Reopened Prison for G20 protestors, Hahnöfersand, nearby Hamburg, 25.1.17

Reopened Prison for G20 protestors, Hahnöfersand, nearby Hamburg, 25.1.17

If you believe in the world you precipitate events, however inconspicuous, that elude control (…). Our ability to resist control, or our submission to it, has to be assessed at the level of our every move.