Hito Steyerl Declines Germany’s Highest Civil Honour in Protest

“I couldn’t meet any students for almost three semesters. However, it would have been no problem for me as a director to shoot commercials or reality TV. How is system relevance defined here? Not to mention culture?”
– Artist, filmmaker, and educator Hito Steyerl, declining one of Germany’s most prestigious civilian honours, the Federal Cross of Merit. In a letter published in the German weekly Die Zeit, Steyerl decried the government’s’ uneven response to the pandemic, which she cast as confusing, “half-baked and unendless.”
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