Project: “Martyrs of the Anthropocene”
Forming a rite of passage, the film presents a tree and a lichen with the title of Martyrdom. Redefining martyrdom from its traditional human perspective and religious/ political context, the status of martyrdom is proposed by Timaeus as a reward for becoming symbols of exceptional leadership and heroism in the face of challenging circumstances.Being the first natural resources to receive the status, it proposes to question our anthropocentric point of view.
Influenced by the rich historical narratives of martyrs and saints, the martyrs of the Anthropocene are decorated with valuable minerals and crystals that are extracted daily for modern usage within batteries, or ornamental purposes, forming the visual language of 21st century relics. The martyrs, within a momentary state of equal representation, become the saints of the era of the Symbiocene. An era that can be formed after the Anthropocene, the geological epoch which we are currently living in.
The pictures following are of the exhibition at Huidenclub that took place from 20 Sept - 5 November
Schiekade 189 1.05
3013 BR Rotterdam