(Prints size 96x144 cm, 61x90 cm)
“One who looks outside, dreams. One who looks inside, awakens”. Carl-Gustav Jung
The situation in which we all find ourselves today, at first glance, seems clear and obvious. The epidemic of a potentially dangerous and in many cases lethal virus is pushing the international community to tough containment measures to avoid its spread. At the same time, a number of modern scientists and thinkers point out that quarantine is not only a consequence of a blind fate, but also an external factor for long-overdue internal changes. Social isolation can also be seen as an extreme point of alienation and as an inevitable crisis.
According to Kafka, alienation is a universal, all-embracing category of meaninglessness and aimlessness of human existence, which has not gone anywhere since then. In the second half of the 20th century, the American psychologist and thinker Erich Fromm devoted his works to the problem of the alienation of his contemporaries. He saw it as the main cause of most of the neuroses of modern society and often insisted on the need for radical changes in it. Every year it increases production and makes our life more comfortable, while we are moving further and further from ourselves in the flow of fussy doing. Robots are becoming more and more human, and humans are more and more mechanized. We communicate with social roles without living people behind them. Cashiers and security guards often do not have a name, but a vacuum cleaning robot does! We say hello to Siri much more often than to cleaners. We wear masks over masks.
A crisis is a certain point of no return, when the old way can no longer be maintained. With childish naivety, we hope for a magic pill that will return us to our comfort zone, where everything will be like the good old days and are desperately afraid to look into ourselves. We dream to escape from the cruel reality we have created to another planet, expecting that everything will be different there.