size - 300 x 185 cm
Parade is a reflection on how science and technology are instruments of our vanity, and if used inadequately can harm as much as they benefit us.
Bestiary is a reflection on the morphology of western civilization. Its fundaments, its drives and aspirations and the results of its endeavors. Inspired by Roger Waters monumental work Amused to death I’ve always wondered what an alien anthropologist would make of western civilization after running through all the evidence stored on our data banks, if there are any left when it’s all said and done. I believe this being would gather that western civilization was founded on superstition, exploitation, and oppression perpetrated by an infant species that squandered and destroyed driven by their egocentric and manic whims. Western civilization was also shaped by opposition, internal resistance to its own civilizational force has probably done more to shape it than its forward drive. This polyptych is a look at seven facets that tell the saga of humans in this particular context, Western Civilization: its fundaments, its religion, its wars, its agriculture and labor, its science and technology, its culture and leisure, and its resistance and legacy.
© Daniel Botelho