222 orange-colored mannequins wrapped with adhesive tape drew the eyes of many passers-by on Thursday in the middle of Berlin. The installation by Cologne artist Dennis Josef Meseg (41) should be understood as a call against violence against women.
The visually sensational work entitled “Broken” was shown at the end of a “Germany tour” on Human Rights Day at Potsdamer Platz. Before that, the 222 mannequins stood at other locations in Germany for 17 days, including Bonn, Dresden, Bamberg and Hamburg.
Words like abducted, locked up, beaten and MeToo were written on the taped dolls. “Men of the 21st century can very well come to the realization that their mothers, wives and daughters are just as valuable as they are and deserve the same respect,” says Meseg.
The installation could only be seen for one day in Berlin, as in all other cities. In the evening the mannequins were to be loaded onto four vans and brought back to the artist’s studio.