George Gittoes | Pride and Prejudice
Size: 76 x 91cm
oil on linen
"The Capitol building came under attack on 6th of January with visuals that resembled the storming of the Bastille and the Russian Revolution.
Several works like Security feature the Capitol dome and columns as a symbol of authoritarian power passed down from the Greeks, Romans, British and Europeans. At the forefront of the rioters were the Proud Boys.
While making Soundtrack to War in Iraq I met and became friends with young white guys who had volunteered because Bush had told them they were retaliating against those who had perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. Every Iraqi they killed was revenge for the Twin Towers. But Saddam Hussain had nothing to do with 9/11. However, the messaging power of their leaders was so powerful they believed the lie.
I saw the same faces yelling and screaming after Trump told them their democracy was under attack. In the painting, a cell phone is on the ground with Trump’s arm reaching out to them directing towards the Capitol building. The Proud Boys are standing on their heads because he has told them to and their heads are twisted around by fake news." - George Gittoes
|Material||oil on linen|
|Dimensions||76 x 91cm|