Sikora, Rudolf / End of the Anthropocene?
mixed technique, pencil, India ink, digital print, kappa paper, 161 × 120cm
purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
The Anthropocene is a new term coined by the ecologist Eugen Stoermer. It expresses the fact that humankind, as a global entity, influences the Earth’s ecosystem through its activities. All available studies indicate that these activities are highly destructive and detrimental – not only to the planet’s current biosphere and atmosphere, but also to the future existence of humanity itself. In this collage, Sikora works with the motif of a fracture in a hypothetical rock, which enables him to pose the explicit and alarming question: “The Anthropocene – the last geological age or the last human age?”. He thus uncompromisingly addresses a question that has been vehemently discussed since the 1970s: Will humanity survive itself?