Terrorist groups enforce political action by harnessing the might of the media in the same way as explosives and automatic weapons. How do graphic symbols become acts of violence? The German National Library’s German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig explores this issue in its exhibition “Symbols as Weapons”. The display is an attempt to historicise and deconstruct the group’s emblem, which comprises a star, a submachine gun, and the letters “RAF”. Today, this graphic legacy of the RAF, whose history is not infrequently perpetuated with a complete lack of discrimination, has long since become a pop icon.
Discover the power of emblems on one of our guided tours of the exhibition “Symbols as Weapons”.
The exhibition will be open for viewing from 22 June 2018 to 6 January 2019.
(Photo: Jaroslaw Kubiak)