George Gittoes | The Thinker


George Gittoes
Size: 76 x 91cm
oil on linen

"Perched above the city, a small seated figure holds a giant eyeless head in his hands. On his left is Shazia, the Afghan shoeshine girl from our documentary Snow Monkey, and to his right is Jamil – a child soldier from the mountains of Tora Bora. A fool bares his bottom, proud to be defined as a ‘deplorable’ – and would have enthusiastically joined the mob that stormed the Capitol Building on the 6th of January.

The Thinker is about how the intellectual class thinks that thinking is enough in itself. These educated thinkers think that if they agree with the newest consensus of what is thought to be politically correct, they do not need to make a difference to the disadvantaged lives of exploited children like Shazia and Jamil and they can feel better than the ‘deplorables’. Their happy, smiling thought balloons float around them." - George Gittoes

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Materialoil on linen
Dimensions76 x 91cm
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