Title: Monotonous Kafkaesque
Artist: Prabh Lahari
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Year : 2022
Size: 24 x 30 in / 60.9 x 76.2 cm
Price: RM 1,980
Do you think we create our own destiny, or that it is already written & whatever is happening is merely happening according to script?
Even when we look back & can identify exactly when & what we chose which led us up to this point of time, is this autonomy merely an illusion?
Sometimes it may seem like a ‘damned if I do, damned if I don’t’ situation.
Kafkaesque - a term derived from the name of writer Franz Kafka.
Kafka’s work sought not to alleviate the soul through remedies of false hope or delusion, but rather, through the direct confrontation with the darker aspects of self. By distorting reality to map more accurately onto his own sense of human experience, he revealed a certain remedy of unhindered self-examination & carved out a place in the world for others to do the same. (Source)
What I like about his works is that despite it all, the protagonists never just lie down & give up. They still endeavour to overcome.
Some critics argue that Kafka’s works are more joyful than they may appear - he is not necessarily commenting on his own problems, but rather pointing out how people tend to invent problems.
When you come to accept that there is no problem - either everything is already pre-planned, or that problems are merely created…what else to do but enjoy & be happy!
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