If we have the opportunity to get out of our eco chamber and take a long look at our geopolitical... Read More
If we have the opportunity to get out of our eco chamber and take a long look at our geopolitical situation, we can not help but notice a tangent towards change. Indeed, between the economic and military wars to hide a crusade for resources, on top of the global warming that has already revealed his power destruction with desertification and flooding, without forgetting, of course, the many popular revolutions against the government that take place globally. Being still young, these are situations that challenge me as a citizen of the world. And to do so I strongly believe that we must start by adjusting our situation with democracy.
In reality, we should begin to admit the painful truth that all parties elected to represent the "people's good" respond directly to the needs of elites and company leaders. Apparently, it is now normal to assume our corrupt leaders and see a decline in voter turnout and the interest of the people. How can one do to return the situation? to bring attention to what is really happening and stay informed? For me, everything began with a curiosity about the study of mass movements that quickly transformed into an economic and political consciousness. It's partly because of the citizen's initiative like Thinkerview, where I was able to find out more.
Starting with the movement of yellow vests in France. It must be understood that the basis of this movement comes from the rise in energy prices. And this rise comes from the privatization of gas from France and its merger with Suez to become Engi. But how did they get there? As Suez went bankrupt and it was bought by two elites, who also surprisingly participated in the election of Macron in France. It is obvious that we are stuck in a capitalist world with strong neo-liberal tendencies. In fact, I am sorry to see that the country that pride itself with “Liberte Fraternite Egalite” be has elected "the president of the rich".
To make a connection with the French revolutions that brought us democratic states. I particularly respect one of the main leaders of the Democrats in the assembly, Maximilien Robespierre. As a lawyer and politician, his demands address the abolition of the death penalty and slavery, as well as defender of universal suffrage and equal rights against the suffrage of the population. If we look at the current model in the United States, we have the death penalty, the full prisons that reinforce the 13 amendment and the unwritten neo-libaralist law: the more the individual wealth, the less taxes and the more freedom/rights. Not to mention that the American president was a millionaire before being a politician.
For the composition of my research I am inspired by the work of Jacques Louis David. The painter defines neo-classicism with his compositions, plays of light and subjects. He was very close to the political and the revolutions and tries to represent the power of the mass, in all its size, with "The Tennis Court Oath" which he did not have time to finish because the revolution went too fast . Finally, he made "the death of Mara" and found that it was more powerful to paint a defender of ideals of the people than the people themselves.
As for my interpretation in all this, the piece made of recycled metal and vinyl depict Robespierre as seen through the painting of Jacques Louis David. Hands on the chest ready to commit to open hearts and fight for democracy. In my case, the hands are on the chest, but this one is exploding like the many cities full of supporters who demand justice. The sculpture also shares the fate of Robespierre, since it is devoid of head which in the rotation of its history coincides with the gradual cutting of the social rights of the individual.
With this piece I want to remember what democracy is and get out of neoliberalism this system that stifles us so that we can maintain the kingship. I want to talk about the power of the people according to this system.