Mark Manders: Parallel Occurences / Documented Assignments


Anthropological Trophy


Iron, brass, wood, painted epoxy, painted hair, and painted canvas / 375 x 210 x 260 cm

MM: This cannibalistic work, presented in a catholic way, is inspired by a horrifying ancient Greek trophy tradition. After a fight was won, ancient Greek soldiers often made huge statues on the battlefield using shields, weapons, and some­ times even dead soldiers’ body parts that were left lying in the fields.These piles formed huge warrior figures, later called tropaion, or trophies. In a cannibalistic manner I created something new by using existing imagery from as many dif­ ferent cultures as possible.This imagery was not lying around on a battlefield; it was scattered around the human world.