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Casa De Balneario / We Love Gasoline

Casa De Balneario / We Love Gasoline

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2021 / Montevideo
Ink on Paper
Pasted in: Montevideo / Barcelona

Gallery quality print
Matte archival paper
250 g/qm (110 lb)

Limited edition: 25 prints

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"When I was in Berlin, I saw burned cars on the street frequently, then later pictures in punk-aesthetics, with cars on fire. Burning cars to protest seem to have a certain tradition in Berlin. I knew the fire as a symbol of protest, but in Uruguay, it's more common to burn old tires - but not cars. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that the car is much more unnecessary in Germany, especially in a city like Berlin. The practical value of a car is higher in Uruguay because there is no public transportation. To burn something that valuable - even with good intentions - would be simply decadent. Especially since a burned car would probably not be covered by insurance and thus someone could experience real bankruptcy.

Nevertheless, nowadays the car is actually seen critically everywhere. Mostly it is about the emissions of cars and about gasoline consumption. It's about CO2 and climate change. All of these are very important topics - but my painting is not a criticism of the car as such. To burn one, I think, is not very effective.

In my picture, the fire stands for the burning desire for more material. The car is an icon of our consumer society and the desire to own more and more, to burn and destroy more and more. It is about a sort of capitalism that costs people more than it gives them. It is about consumption that is not sustainable. Climate change is only one of the phenomena that threaten our existence. Species extinction, microplastics, polluted air - none of this is solved if we just drive less. So I'm more interested in exploring the desire for a fancy car, that is, for an object that we don't actually need. Perhaps to ridicule this dream somewhat, to expose it as a kind of fetish. With my work, I try to address the problem rather than the symptom. So less to criticize the car as such, but rather to show that behind climate change and the destruction of our habitat stands a value system that is not sustainable."

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