Never again means never again

David Adam

Ausländerrat Dresden e.V.


Der bedingungslose Romantiker | David Adam | 2024

Never again means never again

The picture shows a male figure looking at a largely destroyed city. The river in the foreground and the domes of the Frauenkirche and the Lipsiusbau are reminiscent of Dresden, the ruins of modern residential buildings of a war-torn city in the Middle East.

In the terrorist attack by militants from Hamas and other Palestinian groups on Israeli territory on October 7, 2023, more than 1,200 people were killed and 239 hostages were taken. The subsequent military attacks by the Israel Defense Forces left large parts of the Gaza Strip destroyed and rendered uninhabitable. Most of the 2.2 million people living there on about 360 km2 are now refugees and homeless. Over 25,000 people were killed and more than 60,000 injured.

Will the spiral of violence that has been going on for over 80 years be stopped? What will a more secure and peaceful future look like for Israel and the residents of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, and will that future be a democratic one?

Our history and experience of annihilation and destruction gives rise to a special responsibility. Who does this special responsibility apply to and what does it include?

The motif comes from the Dresden-based artist David Adam and is originally titled “The Unconditional Romantic” from 2024. It was selected by the Dresden Foreigners’ Council as a contribution to “Tomorrow and the Day After.”

David Adam grew up in Dresden and Karl-Marx-Stadt. He studied painting and graphics at the Dresden University of Fine Arts and lived in London, Berlin and Niederschöna before he returned to Dresden through the artistic-actionist struggle with PEGIDA and new right-wing movements . At the beginning of 2022, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the deportation of Dresden and Saxon Jews to Riga, he marked the ruins of the old Leipzig train station at the former Dresden-Neustadt freight station as a memorial: When - How many - Where to.