Avaritia at ‘Regaining a Paradise Lost – The Role of the Arts’

Avaritia is one of the seven deadly sins, together with pride, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. Greed is the artificial, rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions.

Thomas Aquinas wrote, “Greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things.” In Dante’s Purgatory, the penitents are bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated excessively on earthly thoughts.

Avarice, blurs the vision of a person who falls into its trap, having the poisonous mentality of doing anything or sacrificing anything, right or wrong to accrued the desire. Many of such persons could lie, slander, evil plot another person, injure, or even kill to fulfill their unbridled cravings!

The upcoming APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale focuses on the relationship between spirituality and the environment. It is in this context that I look at AVARITIA as the new god which has taken over any other consideration with devastating results on our planet.This greed driven, insatiable wanting for more, results in destruction, “desolation, devastation”.

Between the 13th March and the 18th April I will be showing my digital art piece AVARITIA during The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2020.Visitors to my piece will be invited to reflect on the god of greed which seems to have become the new golden calf for some Maltese. I would like to invite you all to visit.

Gepostet von Tony Cassar am Dienstag, 3. März 2020

This installation encourages the visitor to ponder on how they too are “Standing on the edge of the crater” watching the “mess we made, when it all went wrong”. Very often we are passive observers ‘Watching from the edge of the circus”… waiting for the Armageddon. The state of affairs often cause us to feel “breaking up inside, A heart of broken glass, defiled”, and yet not all is lot, there is still some hope as we stand “on the edge of the underworld, looking at the abyss…hoping for some miracle, to breakout, to escape from all this.”

And that hope is brought about by Art which makes us think and reflect, hopefully pushing us to act. As part of the installation AVARITIA uses digital projection showing a short video created to match the song by Mike Oldfield – “Nuclear”. The words of this song fit exactly the message of my installation, where I am inviting visitors to ponder on the results of greed and the negative effects it is having on our planet.


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