ONLY VICTOR’S JUSTICE 2015 – DUM PROJECT SPACE (2015), LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
From the beginning of history, humans have struggled with their inner nature. According to Schopenhauer, the core of human nature can be reduced to one basic instinct, the will to live. He explains that the universe and everything in it
This unavoidable compulsion for power and dominance is perhaps one of the most significant factors shaping history itself. The ability to influence and control certain circumstances, to exercise power in a political or social context, is endemic to humans as social beings, firing the hearts of those who are prepared to compete for the ultimate prize, power. In this sense, history has been made by actions which determined the realities not only of those holding power, but all of those who happen to be involved. Collateral damage was somehow always accepted as a feature of these actions, almost as an inevitable justification in the name of a greater idea. To write history is to capture immortality, but at whose expense?
Looking from a contemporary perspective at notions current in Europe and the Middle East, from geopolitical destabilisation, engineered immigration crises and economic exhaustion, it seems that throughout history, the agendas of socio-political circumstances are always being recycled. Too frequently, history is made at the expense of subjects who are stripped of their ability to choose, act and express themselves. Nevertheless, views of this process are always diverse; guilt, anger, resistance and vulnerability are noticeable on the both sides, among both the dominant and the dominated, with each side claiming their own reasons, driven by the fear of loss. The ruling class fights underdogs to hold on to power; the underdogs fight the ruling class to take power. Once the powerless overthrow their rulers, they are captured in the same perpetuated process of defending and maintaining power as those before them: the never-ending game for power.