PENJARA JIWA II CATALUNYA / SOUL PRISON OF CATALUNYA

Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 2:57 AM


 PENJARA JIWA II CATALUNYA
SOUL PRISON OF CATALUNYA
 Johan Ishak
Oil on Canvas, Paper Mask, Net & Torchlight
(See separate image below for effects when using torchlight in darkness) 
90cm X 60cm
7 August 2013
6:00 p.m.
Shah Alam

SOLD

Catalunya is the northern region of Spain. Its capital is Barcelona. Catalans are its people. Catalans are often misregarded as Spanish. They are not Spanish. They are Catalans. They have been under Spanish rule for ages and they now seek independence. The hands depict the desire for independence. The urge to restore their identity as shown in the direction of hands towards the Gaudi designed mask. Gaudi is a Catalan from Barcelona, a symbolic representation of Catalunya. Such representation is appropriate as anybody who goes to Barcelona will always remember the beautiful architecture by Gaudi showcased at the cathedral La Sagrada Familia, park Guell as well as many other buildings in the city. Of course, the Barcelona F.C. has a very intense relationship with its nemesis Real Madrid. That only shows how Spanish and Catalans have been staring into each others eye in rivalry. Very much like the relationship between the British and the French, I suppose. 


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