Pungi de faina /Flour Bags
Pungi de faina /Flour Bags, installation, Chronic Desire – Sete Cronica, Muzeul Corneliu Miklosi, Timisoara, 2023
Flour bags, a consumer good that refers to a basic need, human food, are overwritten with textual fragments of articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into different languages. Therefore, the meaning of a consumer good and of the text are hijacked by their hybridization in a text-object assemblage. The flour that feeds the world thus becomes the material support that calls into question the implicit legal power of the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration reveals its utopian character when confronted with the realities of production, the market economy, labour conceived as servitude, and the world of things. In recent history, somewhat independently of the ideological context, the increase in production capacity has not led to a fairer, more egalitarian society, but, on the contrary, the mechanism of supply and demand has fuelled greed and by no means eradicated hunger. The human need to create an egalitarian society has remained a utopian project; we live in the world of things, production and war. Even the natural world can no longer be understood outside the order of the world of things; nature is as disenfranchised as most people.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one aanother in a spirit of brotherhood.




I. Mother Earth has the following rights:
1. To life: The right to maintain the integrity of living systems and natural processes that sustain them, and capacities and conditions for regeneration.
2. To the diversity of life: It is the right to preservation of differentiation and variety of beings that make up Mother Earth, without being genetically altered or structurally modified in an artificial way, so that their existence, functioning or future potential would be threatened.
3. To water: The right to preserve the functionality of the water cycle, its existence in the quantity and quality needed to sustain living systems, and its protection from pollution for the reproduction of the life of Mother Earth and all its components.
4. To clean air: The right to preserve the quality and composition of air for sustaining living systems and its protection from pollution, for the reproduction of the life of Mother Earth and all its components.
5. To equilibrium: The right to maintenance or restoration of the interrelationship, interdependence, complementarity and functionality of the components of Mother Earth in a balanced way for the continuation of their cycles and reproduction of their vital processes.
6. To restoration: The right to timely and effective restoration of living systems affected by human activities directly or indirectly.
7. To pollution-free living: The right to the preservation of any of Mother Earth's components from contamination, as well as toxic and radioactive waste generated by human activities.