For centuries, Hieronymus Bosch’s The Ship of Fools has been a symbol of a flawed human society. Simone Serlenga was inspired by it and, with her The Voyage of the Ship of Fools, delivers a similar social critique of today’s excesses: overconsumption and a constant desire for newer, bigger and better.
The human-powered installation shows us its fatal consequences. The egg shape joyfully alludes to celebration and birth. But the ship also dispels coloured plumes of smoke, like ghostly reminders of ignorance and destruction.
Thus, the contradiction of our actions comes together colourfully and confrontationally: we celebrate life while mutilating the world around us.