2014-03-28

People's Crucifixion


Symbols work in two directions: on the one hand, they are used by the power-religion to manipulate the people and impose certain worldviews, certain codes of conduct; or, on the other hand, as the Situationists showed, they can be détournés, re-appropriated, reversed. In fact this has always been like that, and in both directions; both tendencies permanently fed back. Was in fact the symbol of the sacrificed invented by Christianity?

It is naive to believe that it is possible to renounce to this symbolic structure which constitutes reality. Or at least for now... 

Image after Rogier van der Weyden's Crucifixion Diptych, ca. 1460 [pd]; Juan de Flandes' Crucifixion, 1509 [pd]; Hendrick ter Brugghen's The Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John, ca. 1625 [pd]; Diego Velazquez's Christ Crucified, 1632 [pd]; Anton Raphael Mengs' Christ on the Cross, 1761-9 [pd]; Francisco Goya's Christ on the Cross, 1780 [pd]; and Léon Bonnat's Christ on the Cross, 1880 [pd].