Saturday, May 06, 2006

Globalized inspiration

From: Jens Galschiøt
Thu, 04 May 2006 21:57:21 +0200
Subject: Globalized inspiration

To the press and the mailing list,

We have the pleasure to present you a funny story about globalization, art and photo collages.

* Galschiot creates his sculptures in Denmark ˆ The Hunger March consisting of 20 starved copper sculptures and the three metre high Survival of the Fattest depicting an extremely obese woman sitting on the back of a skinny man. She represents Justitia, the goddess of justice.

* The sculptures are loaded into a container and shipped for Hong Kong where they join the manifestations during the WTO summit, December 2006 together with NGOs from the whole world.

* 4 months later Jens Galschiot comes to India to take his holiday with his family. To his stupefaction the big Indian city of Cochin is crowded with posters with his sculptures!

* The background is that the local trade union had sent some poor female tea-pickers to Hong Kong to demonstrate against the dumping of tea prices in Southern India. The women have taken some photos or found a leaflet with Galschiot‚s sculptures and brought them to the trade unionists in the village. Eventually the photos fell into the hands of NGOs that were launching a film festival against President Bush‚s visit to India. They used the sculptures as illustration on their posters. Even the title of the festival, Survival of the Fattest, was inspired of the Danish sculptures.

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