“The Promise of now” is a group exhibition currently on view at The Gallery Glen Carlou (curated by Alex Hamilton) as mentioned in my previous post.
Since it opened on Sunday, I thought it is a good idea to share some images with you:
The title of the work Holodomor was inspired by a Metallica song called “Harvester of Sorrow” which in turn (according to Metallica Wiki) was inspired by
“a book that was written called The Harvest of Sorrow. It revealed the story of the deaths of five to ten million Ukrainians at the hands of the Soviet government, called the Holodomor. The Metallica song is strikingly similar to the images presented in the book. The term “Harvester of Sadness” has been used to refer to the Grim Reaper, but in this case it is especially appropriate because the Holodomor was a mass starvation due to government destruction and takeover of farming: the communist farm “Collectivization” program, in which soldiers invaded peasant villages, beat and killed people or sent them to be worked to death in concentration camps, destroyed their crops and executed anybody who stockpiled food or tried to replant. Holodomor means “death by hunger”. The collectivization was presented to the public as sowing the seeds of a better world through more efficient central farms, but the reality was the destruction of the Ukraine.
At some point while putting the work together, to send to this exhibition, I started to think of them as some sort of family….
Here is their Family Tree: