Future Past ...
... explores the current global propaganda of hatred, fear, exclusion, oppression, sold to us as a means of protection and necessity to ensure safety. But isn't this just a disguise by those who want to reclaim power and control. Are these promises realistic or just leading to the loss of hard fought for democratic rights of freedom and equality?
Maybe because I am German born and raised, I can’t help but seeing parallels to the propaganda that started the nationalist movement in the 1930ies in Europe which led to World War II and left the world trapped in a totalitarian system.
My project ‘Future Past’ explores what a world would feel like and look like should we agree to go down that way and chose hostility over compassion. We would end up living in a grid of borders and boundaries where the sweet promise of safety and security has become our own home made prison and has eliminated diversity and uniqueness.
Hiding behind fences
Following those who promise
To lead us back into the future
The promise of a future that has long past
The promise of a dream that has long died
A promise that we hold onto as if for dear life
Conquer - Repeat
Time and space are different
Yet sentiment and notions the same
Fear takes over reasoning
Opinion replaces fact
Science becomes theory
Time warps and the future becomes the past
Now and then
Us versus them
Surveillance in the name of security
Control in the name of safety
Hate in the name of God
A saviour who comes to rescue
An illusion of a better place
A self-made nightmare
A monster that eats itself
...but do we care?