i should love you more than pizza

size: approx. 8 x 6 x 4 mtr
material: cardboard, acrylic paint, ink, imitation goldleaf, candles, plastic flowers, church candle holder, second hand (pizza) boxes
year: 2020
location: Nest
curator: Manon Braat
availability: book

Photo credits: Maarten Tromp & Lotte van Uittert

Can you put your own interests aside and really fight for a better world in the interest of future generations, or is it easier if you imagine yourself to be part of that unknown future? In her essay ”What if We’re All Coming Back?” in The New York Times of October 2018, human rights lawyer Michelle Alexander tries to imagine the world you would end up in if you were to reincarnate at a random place and under random circumstances.

Her essay is at basis of the exhibition. Out of this thought experiment, to imagine a fundamentally different, sustainable and more humane organization of society, the artists speculate about an unknown future of which they themselves are part. Through this exercise in imagination, the exhibition offers proposals for alternative ways of dealing with each other and with the earth.

“The work is inspired by the idea that not Jesus Christ – who died for the sins of mankind according to the bible – should be honoured, but everyone in
today’s world who dies for the consumption sins of others. Every link in the production chain of countless (luxury) goods forms part of a system that relies on exploitation.”

Other artists in the exhibition: Brook Andrew, Simphiwe Ndzube, Müge Yilmaz