London-based collaborative Fantich & Young merge fine art, design and fashion through the juxtaposition and manipulation of symbolic ready-made objects. Paralleling both natural and social evolution, their work calls into question the theory of natural selection, with nods to ceremonial ritual and the supernatural.
Their Darwinian Voodoo and Apex Predator projects were inspired by the 2008 financial crisis. Luxury consumer goods – including Jimmy Choo shoes and Saville Row suits – are augmented with items such as teeth, bones, and hair to represent the banking community and its escape from criminal prosecution. Darwin’s notion of “survival of the fittest” is challenged when society is faced with banks whose criminal actions go unpunished. The financiers thus become the titular Apex Predator – topping the food chain, facing no real threat and possessing perhaps a touch of the occult.
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