THE TREE OF LIFE

(March – April 2019)

Medium: photo collage, print on film, 70 x 110 cm

Displayed at Fragmentum (collective exhibition) in Hegyvidék Galéria, Budapest, Hungary (12th Sep – 3rd Oct 2019), and at Fragmentum: Photography Beyond Perception (chamber exhibition) in Blackfriars priory, Cambridge, UK (25th – 27th Oct 2019).


Displayed at Fragmentum (collective exhibition) in Hegyvidék Galéria, Budapest, Hungary 2019, and at Fragmentum: Photography Beyond Perception (chamber exhibition) in Blackfriars priory, Cambridge, UK 2019.


The human torso with arms spread out is a typical posture for Christ on the cross. Instead of the cross, there is a tree growing from the figure. An image of pebbles creates the lower part of the body. The most significant detail is an image of a hole in a metal wall with a stream coming through it, placed on the left side of the image (right side of the body). All the components are captured in the shape of a human body, which can be translated in two ways, first as a connection and mutual dependence and second as using or even exploitation of nature by humankind. Both these directions can raise questions about responsibility for sustainability, which is a highly activist response. The explicit symbolism of crucifixion evokes the vital concern of inevitable death. It is a death of an innocent. This artwork silently preaches injustice against creation, be it humankind or nature. The disturbing combination of beauty and cruelty shows what people can lose when they fail to protect it.

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