Römer+Römer, Alles für Alle. Make Capitalism History (2008), Oil on canvas, 1,50×2,50 m
Amidst the present we reflect the surroundings we live and want to participate in. In our paintings we present inspiring moments which for the viewer trigger elaborate associative chains. For us, positive as well as’ problematic situations of social life are very illuminating. As artists working in tandem we act as mediums transforming the fleetingness of reality via photography into the eternity of painting.
“Alles für Alle. Make Capitalism History” shows the independent, ‘so-called ‘Black Bloc’ during the demonstration ‘Move against the EU! Move against G8’ in Berlin in March, 2007. The demonstration took place shortly before the G38 summit on the occasion of the Treaty of Rome’s 50th year jubilee. The German government had invited the heads of state to an informal EU-jubilee celebration.
The Demonstration demanded full human rights for each and every person – in Europe as well as globally. Demonstrators blamed the EU for the increasing economic precariousness, high unemployment, growing militarism and discrimination against immigrants, as well as criticizing the G8 for allowing the excessive liberalisation of trade, instead of stabilizing the global financial system, developing climate protection and actively working to reduce poverty.