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Fossilphilia (Filaments from Iraq), 2003.

Fossilphilia (Filaments from Iraq), 2003. Fossilphilia – meaning to love fossil fuels – is an exhibition...

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Fossilphilia (Filaments from Iraq), 2003.

Fossilphilia – meaning to love fossil fuels – is an exhibition about humanity’s insatiable desire to consume fossil fuels, and how this desire stops at nothing to achieve fulfilment, not even war. The presence of treeless tree shadows hint of absence and ephemeral resources, while their flat dimensions, akin to the compressed layers of ancient plants that form oil, become a setting for human civilization and its consuming folly.

These paintings were made before the Unites States strike on Iraq in 2003, a strike that occurred while the exhibition was open. Many of the works from this show were later exhibited in Primavera 2005.