Materials: Digital print on Canson Platine Fibre Rag, 310grams, framed and mounted on 2mm Dibond
Dimensions: 165 x 128 cm
Edition: 3 signed pieces / SOLD OUT
Photo: Studio Libertiny
This carefully composed large photograph is of a dead honeybee that I found in front of a beehive. The image is both symbolic and literal. The death, slow and gentle, is played out on a theatre stage. There is no blood, no sign of old age. The bee, which could be sleeping, is anonymous as its face is turned away from the audience. It does and it will imply many themes such as sacrifice or raise a question of fate and predestination. However, as it is with current political turmoils, the victims are always the hardworking and the innocent. Just like the famous painting The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David, the photo doesn’t show the murderer. Our Charlotte Corday is ignorance. In another suddle reference, the photo has exactly the same dimensions as the original painting hanging in Musee Louvre and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
The fragility of life and nature couldn’t not be more obvious. Today, there are still loud political figures who deny the scale of global warming is a result of human activity despite all the evidence. The truth has become a matter of an opinion. Everybody seems to quote Albert Einstein on what he said about bees. However, he also said: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” The artwork also appeared on the cover of TL Magazine issue 26 in collaboration with Spazio Nobile.