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Demokritos vs Anon, 2020

By Eneli Valge

Õli lõuendil. The character on the left, Democritus, was a pre-Socrates philosopher and an ancient Greek thinker. Democritus laughs at the vanity of mankind and the passing of the world. He was called a laughing philosopher who laughed at the absurdity of human destiny – whether you cry or laugh, it doesn’t change our existence. He was always ready to see the comic side of life. Anonymous does not have a commonly accepted philosophy, and anyone can act under that name. Anonymous signs many of his statements and appeals with the slogan: “Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” Performed in public, Anons wear Guy Fawkes masks inspired by the graphic novel ‘V for Vendetta’. The masks hide people’s identities and faces and show their commitment to a common goal. The painting “Demokritos vs Anon” belongs to a series of paintings, the subject of which was the copying of portraits from centuries ago, in which two colorful archetypes of the past and the present, strangers and flirters, merge. He has participated in two solo exhibitions in the country – Knights and Whores in Tartu and Tendency to Frivolity at Rakvere Theater. Original painting: Demokritos. Laughing Philosopher, ca. 1630, artist Johannes Moreelse

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