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10. september 2009



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Newsletter | 10 September 2009


Recent work

Poverty Sucks

Name: Poverty Sucks /
Size: 150 x 152 x 5 cm


Poverty Sucks
An average western washer consumes the same energy per year as three Ethiopians do throughout life. An average Danish family throws out 250 kg edible food annually. These facts give a clear indication of just how spoiled Western people have become in regards to their way of life and the world around them. We are infinitely rich and infinitely ignorant of it. For when it comes to helping the less affluent, we are not equally generous. As long as we can live extravagantly, it seems less important some live on the breadline for the same amount of money others allocate to toilet paper. The egoism era must end. The work "Poverty Sucks" is an attempt to end apathy and encourage thoughtfulness and compassion. A rugged background represents the living environment of a poor boy. A child who is each day forced to begging in order to ensure the survival of his family. The text in the foreground is written in a desperate attempt to plead his case using a terminology Western consumers understand. The sarcastic pink colour on the gold background communicates his message using an ironic "rich"," gangster-rap" style in order to put him at eye level with the viewer. My hope is that it then becomes easier for the viewer to relate to him and respond to his situation.


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Poverty Sucks
En almindelig vestlig vaskemaskine forbruger samme energi årligt, som tre etiopiere gør hele livet. En gennemsnitlig dansk familie smider 250 kg spiselig mad ud årligt.  Det er de konkrete mål på omfanget af den forkælede indstilling vestlige har til livsstil og verden. Vi er uendelig rige og uendelig uvidende om det. For når det kommer til at hjælpe mindre bemidlede, stopper ødslen som regel.  Imens lever andre på sultegrænsen, for det budget andre afsætter til toiletpapir. Egoismens æra bør ende. Værket ”Poverty Sucks” er en rusketur til apatien og en håndsrækning til eftertænksomheden og medmenneskeligheden. En forreven baggrund udgør livsgrundlaget for en fattig dreng. Et barn der hver dag er tvunget til at tigge for at sikre familiens overlevelse. Teksten i forgrunden er et desperat forsøg på at tale hans sag i et sprog forbrugsfestival-gængeren forstår. Den spydige lyserøde farve på en nærmest glimtende baggrund formidler hans budskab i et ironisk rigt gangster rapper univers for at bringe ham i øjenhøjde med beskueren. Håbet er, at det så bliver lettere at forholde sig til ham og reagere på hans situation.





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