Existential Exhaustion

In Le Souci Contemporain (1996), translated into English as Icarus Fallen, Chantal Delsol suggested that the condition of modern European man was the condition that Icarus would have been in had he survived the fall. We Europeans had kept trying to reach the sun, flew too close and hurtled back down to earth. We may certainly have failed, and we may be dazed, but we somehow survived: we are still here. All around us we have the wreckage – metaphorical and real – of all our dreams, our religions, our political ideologies and a thousand other aspirations, all of which in their turn have proved false. And though we have no more illusions or ambitions left, yet we are still here. So what do we do? [Douglas Murray (2017), The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. Bloomsbury Continuum]

Alexey Kondakov takes figures from classical paintings and drops them into modern-day Kiev.

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