Bran Symondson’s Phat Jesus My Kingdom was this World , along with his Crucified by Green is a truly potent exploration of the place of money in religion; the two pieces bringing into very sharp focus a critique of televangelism, the proclamation of a ‘Prosperity Gospel’ in Africa and in the Americas, as well as forcefully reminding us that Jesus was sold by Judas for thirty pieces of silver.
The Revd Canon Stephen Evans, MA, MPhil. Rector of St. Marylebone
Religion is an organised collection of beliefs, the most learned religious experience I ever had was watching Life Of Brian.
It depicted the humour in the paraphernalia required for religion, men belief that when we are drunk we become more attractive to any woman!
Does this then mean we should define ourselves by our beliefs? Or be arrogant enough to think that our beliefs are right and others are wrong? Something you see in the day to day practice of religions around the World.
In both pieces, Phat Jesus “My Kingdom was this World” and Crucified by Green. I wanted to show how today’s society lives a glorious decadent and hedonistic life, obsessed with our own self image and comfort, but using religion with its ethos and symbolism to mask and disguise our lifestyle.
Religion only turns bad when miss interpreted through mans actions, normally driven by greed fear and his own insecurities. The wealth of visual material religion has given us through art form, I feel, has shaped the world we live in today, more so than words, which can be adapted and twisted to mans own beliefs.
Artists : Bran Symondson
Title : Phat Jesus “My Kingdom was this World” 2014 Edition 1of 7
Printed on Archival paper 30.7 X 45.3
(Available contact for enquires )