AN EXHILARATING JOURNEY THROUGH THE MOST CREATIVE AND CATASTROPHIC F*CK-UPS OF HUMAN HISTORY In the seventy thousand years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we've come a long way. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we're real winners. But, frankly, it's not exactly been plain sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we've managed to really, truly, quite unbelievably f*ck things up. From Chairman Mao's Four Pests Campaign, to the American Dustbowl; from the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, to the world's leading superpower electing a reality TV mogul as President... it's pretty safe to say that, as a species, we haven't exactly grown wiser with age. So, next time you think you've really f*cked up, this book will remind you: it could be so much worse...
This book costitutes the 'portrayal' of a decade of photography by Yais Kotos, a portrayal ubouded i geographic, chroologic or historic terms. It opes with the savage but calculated amputatio of limbs of iocet people i Sierra Leoe. It closes with photographs of the metally deraged victims of eglect i a Serbia hospital. Betwee these sectios we are itroduced to a world defied by paradox ad (logical) icosistecies: a world rife with aporias. Aporias, from the aciet greek 'α-πόρος', is defied as "a problem or difficulty arisig from a awareess of opposig or icompatible views": a udermiig of logic ad source of 'upset' to the reader-spectator's expectatios. Yais Kotos provides a accout of a world which is ot fixed ad simple ad which is characterised i equal parts by progress ad backwardess, rises ad falls, ad where eve these cocepts could be iterpreted i differet ways
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