#236 Paper Cups - India
64x84 cm | Filler, oak frame
It is 80 paper cup imprints on the surface. The number refers to the sudden hike of onion prices in India from 25 to 80 rupees in the fall of 2019, that ignited a lot of protests. They work is about the cost of living and neoliberal policies. Our dependence on material circumstances is our most basic condition, and the struggle for a fair distribution of economic resources might be the one with most subversive potential.
Paper Cups a series of paintings with imprints from regular paper cups. The kind you get from fast food places, and the kind that often is used by people begging in the streets. The series is about the disparity of economic resources.
Begging, an expression of the most precarious vulnerability is man’s most profound condition. We need others to exist. It is a gesture that expresses the truth about our position. Entirely subject to a potentially indifferent world. Begging tells something about money. We have an economic relationship with reality. We are endlessly exposed to the contingency of life, and to those who embrace the raw power of injustice. Begging, and giving without compensation and conditions, is a subversive act. A protest and an act of resistance, showing that another world is possible.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.
Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.