‘LolliHOPE’, Aluminum Dye Sublimation, 120 X 80 cm (48 X 32 inches), 2020."Throw the glass on the wall and see... Read More
‘LolliHOPE’, Aluminum Dye
Sublimation, 120 X 80 cm (48 X 32 inches), 2020.
"Throw the glass on the wall
and see it broken" is one of those sentences that prove funny when tested
by a computer, to which it is unclear whether the pronoun ‘it’ refers to the
wall or to the glass.
The horrible corona era that all
of humanity is now experiencing, made me think of this sentence. In my mind I
have seen the COVID-19 virus as an indestructible, iron-shielded and immense
concrete wall, all clad with dirt and moss. Nevertheless, this malicious wall
is demolished by the long-awaited vaccine that in our case is represented by a
lollipop candy, the pink and glazed type that I love so much - LolliHOPE. It
symbolizes here the uncompromising and unceasing fight against the virus, and
the vaccine that will exterminate it. I therefore catapulted this LolliHOPE in
the direction of the monstrous, massive and repulsive concrete wall, overjoyed
to see it shattering the wall, paving the way to a new and wonderful world.
It is clear to me that our
post-corona world will not be the same as the one we lived in prior to the
corona age. The collective memory associated with disasters tends to be
short-lived, a kind of defense mechanism to keep us safe. Therefore, my hope is
that not only will the vaccine be found soon, but also that the traces left
behind by the virus will fade and disappear completely, so that we return to
the good old world we have always known. Indeed, one can note that our
LolliHOPE breaks the shielded wall and is still complete and flawless, not even
a scratch. Moreover, the glaze that wraps the candy reflects what is expected
in that post virus age - a living, pulsating and flourishing world.