I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of “The Planet Earth Awards, Beyond Superstition” and was sincerely impressed.
The exhibition examines religions and mythologies from around the world. Uniting the eleven icons is the presence of an award and often an additional identifying symbol or common likeness.
Among the figures represented is Jesus Christ holding a ‘leadership award’ and wearing a suit and tie. Moses, a representation of Judaism, holds a staff along with his ‘earth award’. Mother Goddess is the most teeming portrait and my personal favorite. Depicted as a modern woman in Ganesha deity style, she has six arms. In one of her arms lays an infant cradled as if in a womb. Muhammad is represented faceless as per the Islamic tradition of not embodying his likeness. Dionysus looks as if he hails from Las Vegas resembling a high roller holding a glass of red. The Shaman has feline features and holds an Oscar. When I asked Mr. De Las Heras why an Oscar he told me that the Shaman is the only icon to live among the people. Love it!
This exhibition is thought provoking and well researched. I strongly recommend seeing the show and checking out Mr. De Las Heras' website.
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