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Dualsymbolik I - 10 (Dual symbolism I - 10)
A crucified Jesus, who, instead of breaking out into the cry God, why have you forsaken me (Mark 15, 34), defiantly stretches the fingers to the sky? Ralf Kopp has developed his own view of the scene on Golgotha. The hand which has been broken free from the cross formulates successively victory sign, devils horn and many more. Does Ralf Kopp want to shock? Does he want to provoke narrow-minded notions of piety with little blasphemies? At first glance, this may be so.
But the photo and video artist, who works since a few years with the cross and tries to get it back down to the ground, opens a wider horizon with the new series. Whatever the - far outside the image staying - Jesus tells, it adds itself to a signal system. Sign languages are as old as widespread: already the North American Indians understood sign languages. Not to forget the communication system of the deaf. There is something very universal in Ralf Kopps photo series, something showing more than the familiar Golgotha event. One could read the hands as a sign of the continuing will to self-assert and communicate of the people of the world, who are all at some point in history already have been nailed to the cross.