Pope.L: Whispering Campaign

documenta 14, Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany

Athens: April 8, 2017 – July 16, 2017

Kassel: June 10, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Production | Exhibition Grant

William Pope.L, a Chicago-based performance artist known for his interventions in cityscapes, has produced a new work to address the liminal status of refugees and immigrants, specifically for documenta 14. For the first time, documenta, which has taken place every five years in Kassel, Germany since 1955, is also being held in a secondary location, Athens, Greece. Pope.L’s VIA-supported project, entitled Whispering Campaign is a sound installation of whispers emitted through speaker systems, installed both in public spaces and on mobile maintenance trucks, disseminating their content throughout the streets and in restaurants, bars, shopping centers, public transit, and more.

Whispering Campaign has first premiered in Athens (April 6) and will remain there through July 16, 2017. Simultaneously, the work will launch in Kassel on June 10 and will remain on display for the respective 100-day duration of documenta 14. Having interviewed migrants in both cities, Pope.L interweaves their stories with local mythology, poetry, and rhythmic, non-narrative elements in his “whispers.” These pre-recorded elements will be supplemented by scheduled live performances throughout each 100-day period.

For more information, see Pope.L and documenta 14.

William Pope.L, Whispering Campaign. Courtesy of documenta 14.

William Pope.L, Whispering Campaign. Courtesy of documenta 14.

William Pope.L, “Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou wandering and whispering in the streets of Athens, Greece. Whispering Campaign, documenta 14,” 2017. Courtesy of the Artist, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles. © Pope.L.

William Pope.L, “Bianca Fasiolo wandering and whispering in the streets of Athens, Greece. Whispering Campaign, documenta 14,” 2017. Courtesy of the Artist, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles. © Pope.L.

William Pope.L, “Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou wandering and whispering in the streets of Athens, Greece. Whispering Campaign, documenta 14,” 2017. Courtesy of the Artist, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles. © Pope.L.

William Pope.L, “Christina Assimakopoulou wandering and whispering in the streets of Athens, Greece. Whispering Campaign, documenta 14,” 2017. Courtesy of the Artist, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles. © Pope.L.

William Pope.L, “Whispering Campaign, 2017, Nation, People, Sentiment, Language, Time, 9.438 Hours.” Installation view at Galaxy Bar, Athens. Courtesy of the Artist, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles. Photo credits Freddie Faukenberry.

William Pope.L, “Whispering Campaign, 2017, Nation, People, Sentiment, Language, Time, 9.438 Hours.” Installation view at Cantina Social, Athens. Courtesy of the Artist, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles. Photo credits Freddie Faukenberry