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Mapping the Stars
The Holi Day Special
is a series of eight dry point etchings inspired by "Ganesh vs. the
Reich", a drama by the Australian Back to Back Theater.
In this play Lord Ganesha arrives on the world stage in 1943 to reclaim the Swastika, a Hindu symbol of prosperity.
This quest is here embroiled with a second battle.
The brother of Ganesha: Lord Murugan also arrives, striving to retrieve the Shatkona, a Hindu symbol resembling the Star of David. The Shatkona symbolizes the balance between knowledge and action.
The Swastika and the Shatkona may be interpreted as stellar. The battle for meaning of the SS symbols is a War of the Stars.
|Prana - Columbus and the last Emporer
Print 40 / 60 cm
It was the dream of Columbus to conquer Jerusalem with the gold of the Indians & establish a World Empire.
The map marks his fixed navigation point in the sky.
Ankunft der Indianer - Die Söhne von Shiva
Print 29 / 24 cm
The sons of Shiva arrive to retrieve the Swastika and the Shatkona.
|Clone Wars - Raven stealing the Sun
The theft from the Sun is an Indian creation myth.
In darkness Raven sets out to find the light.
|Kavadi - Sewing a Twin Back to Back
The kavadi is a physical torture by which a devotee of Murugan begs for help.
In Ganesh vs. the Third Reich Ganesha has an encounter with Doctor Mengele.
Mengele sewed an identical twin back to back.
The boys wear Indian transformation masks.
Die einzelnen Linien - Escape from the monorail
The elephant house in Berlin was bombed in 1943. One bull called Siam survived.
Inspiration for this drypoint is the jump of an elephant in panic, through the window of a S-Bahn Kaiserwagen, 12 meters down into a river below.
Berlin - Ursa Minor
This city map has its source in the star chart of Dunhang.
|Murugan - Hiranyakasipu - Ganesha
Multi-armed Murugan is the God of War who does not hesitate to help out.
Hiranyakasipu is a demon striving for hegemony.
Ganesha is worshiped as the God of Wisdom.
Vishnu - Hiranyakasipu - Pieta
Vishnu's Avatar embraces the lifeless body of Hiranyakasipu.
||Joost Witte, Harlingen 2013