Epoxy, masking tape, x-film, collage on dibond
180 x 115 cm
In his new series of works, Tom Woestenborghs depicts this tension between social control and our subdued need to revolt. Like the Michel Houellebecq of the fine arts he dissects contemporary life as he encounters it in the form of magazine pictures, internet memes, videos and random photography. An observer rather than an activist he exposes the power structures underlying our highly regulated society. Unlike Houellebecq he’s not cynical, incorporating subtle nods – his own form of rebellion.
Marcus Junius Brutus is easily the least understood historical figure in that respect. He killed Caesar in order to protect the Roman Empire from the latter’s dictatorial ambitions, but instead of being hailed as democracy’s saviour, he is generally branded a traitor. Woestenborghs depicts him behind bars, accompanied by a pack of Dobermans, a breed qualified as both faithful watchdogs and vicious killers.