Galschiøts værker



An art happening by Jens Galschiøt that focuses on the human rights violations in QATAR in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup


#QATAR6500 is based on the necklace with 6.500 skulls, and is a collaboration between Jens Galschiøt and 24syv's radio program Ringdal and Kristensen. The event spreads in many directions and consists, in addition to the chain, of thousands of skull bracelets, which, in the same way as the chain, symbolize the dead migrant workers in Qatar.

The artwork draws on the inspiration of ancient Tibetan traditions using human craniums in jewelry and bracelets. Furthermore, Heavy-metal culture’s bizarre expression and African talisman with magical powers are sources of inspiration.

The result is a piece of jewelry with an almost overwhelming magical radiation. It is a piece that with its powerful expression is impossible to miss and will create remarkable attention in any assembly. The bearer of the chain will be a queen.

The work is made of 6.500 small white craniums of 6x5mm in size and incorporated into this gigantic jewelry chain. Each cranium is referring to an individual out of the 6.500 persons that have died in relation to the constructions of stadiums etc. for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The chain with the thousands of small craniums is joined together by four bigger craniums in bronze. They are made in hand in wax and with the use of a 7.000 old technique named “cire pedu” they are transformed over into bronze.

The four unique craniums give with their occult looks a framing of the chain and pinpoint and create its magical and beautiful expression.

The chain is a unique piece made to be carried during the World Cup 2022 of Qatar in order to emphasize the incredible human costs it has had to place the World Cup in a country that doesn’t treat human life with basic universal fairness. Worker’s rights and legal equality have been neglected and  6.500 immigrants’ lives spend to build the infrastructure for the event.

It is the hope that the bearer of the chain will use it to stress this point.

                                                                                                                   - Jens Galschiøt