Memento mori

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Memento Mori is a Latin expression meaning remember we all die. This reality has been used in many different ways to control people, manipulating our instinct to survive along with fear to bend wills and minds. Religion is a very good example of the use of fear to get more believers, claiming to have the answers to this greatly feared part of life, death. Nowadays, the use of religion as a way of control is decaying, but still very strong and influential, using different ways to adapt their philosophies to societal changes and keep their followers. However fear is still a powerful tool to be used, and we can see how politics uses it in the same way religion does, taking advantage of the fact that most of the humanity is afraid of dying, denying this reality as an essential part of the cycle of life. Christianity is the religion that I grew up with and the one that I’m most familiar with so I have used it as a reference to represent these ideas. I ‘ve used very well-known symbols to represent how the decay of our contemporary society is still happening due to a sociocultural history in which religion had played a strong role. This influences the legacy we can see today as the logical consequences of this state of mind hammered into our society and lifestyle, with all the confusion and contradictions that denying the truth entail. A personal contemporary interpretation of these symbols borrowed from the Bible, making a total of six very well-known icons: two from the beginning; as is Adam and Eve. And the other four from the end of the book; the four horsemen of the Apocalypse mixed all together to show a new configuration of what they could symbolise nowadays. All the human-looking figures represent their idea and symbol they are based on. In this version of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the horses symbolise humanity, the people who bear the weight of those concepts up. The reason all the figures are faceless, showing a bare skull, is in order to represent death as something inevitable, being in all the cases polished to obtain that shiny, golden look, as a claim to accept and even embrace the idea of death, instead of making a taboo that make a condition of our way of living based in fear, making us weaker and dependent.

Adam

Eve

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