Ink on paper, 2013
The triptych is dealing with the myths of whiteness. It deconstructs three aspects
of imagined white superiority: imperialism, race and Christianity.
Europe has always considered itself as a masculine and active continent, which it
has also used as one argument for right to conquer other continents seen as feminine
and so penetrable, too. Originally Europe was daughter of King Agenor, who was the
Phoenician king of Tyre. That means she had Asian roots. Europe Devouring Her Father
modifies the famous Goya.s painting Saturn devouring his children reminding Europeans
on their Asian origin and imperial acts.
The Caucasus Mountains have been thought to be one of possible origins so called
white race. Such superior intelligence and reason the whites thought to have over
other races couldn.t be born on flat lands but only in the heights of the mountains
in cold clear air, close to God. Prometheus - the culture hero of Greeks - was also
chained here. The Negative Caucasus is the panoramic view of the Caucasus where
mountains are shown as a negative image questioning the thoughts on the origin of
the white race.
Reprobus.s legend has many variations. He has been located in Libya or Canaan and
represented as a giant man with human or dog head. He was assisting people to cross
a dangerous river. Once, a little child asked him to take him across the river. During
the crossing, the child became so heavy that Reprobus fell under the water. It appeared
the child was Christ and Reprobus happened to get baptized at the same time. He got
a new name Christopher (Christ-bearer). Jesus Forcing Reprobus to Get Baptized modifies
Titian.s fresco Saint Christopher.s to remind the role of Christianity in the relationship
of the white race to other races.