Sulphur

Dogfight

A couple of months ago we had the dreadful obsession with the World War II. A lot of nightmares suggested we needed an urgent catharsis.
This one was the first of many designs around the subject.
The violence of a dog fight seemed symbolically appropriate to portray our idea. 

The backgrounds inspired by the sequences of Muybridge are cold and heavy and the measuring of the figures reflects the human nature, revealed many many times in wartime. 

Common immoral events and the crescent apathy defined too many episodes during this time. People were merely numbers in political context:

“If only one man dies (…) that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” -Joseph Stalin.

“the Dog Fight” - Philipp Reinagle, 1811
“Duelo a garrotazos” - Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1820-1823
“German soldiers during the invasion of the Soviet Union by the Axis powers”, 1941.

The first panel recreates symbolically the conflict between Allies and Axis.
Two human-headed beasts fight for their owners – the ones who really make profit with such violence, comfortably watching in distance.
The two dog-like creatures are named John Doe and Lieschen Müller, names given to unknown people/ soldiers in America and Germany, respectively.

At the next panel we find a figure of a martyr, a man sacrificing himself in the name of his homeland. Soldiers fighting for lost causes were unfortunately frequent.
Here we decided to focus in the cases of Japanese kamikaze pilots. The lack of instruction and the imminent failure caused the Empire to promote extreme measures, such as air suicides. 

There were a bizarre servitude from people of Japan to the Emperor but, contrary to what was thought, a considerable number of Kamikaze soldiers were not volunteers. Instead, they were forced to die for the country and the Emperor.

“In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Fighting Dogs” - Pauwels van Hillegaert, 1606.
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