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Michael Matthys is a Belgian artist, who lives and works in Charleroi. Moloch was one of my favorite artworks of Manifesta. According to the guidebook,
Matthys documents the scars left by the demise of industrialism in Charleroi, paying homage to the metalworking industry and intimating the latent violence of social disenfranchisement with his peculiar choice of materials.
Moloch is actually an installation with 1.000 aquatints. The somber colors represent the economic depression in which Charleroi finds itself now. The city used to have a flourishing steel and coal industry until the 1950s. When that industry disappeared Charleroi was never the same again… Moloch is a homage to the remnants of this steel industry.
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