An ongoing project exploring the paintings of Pieter Bruegel, the writings of Silvia Federici and ideas of utopia, food and pleasure.
“Cockaigne” was the medieval peasants' idea of paradise; a land of milk and honey; fences were made out of sausages, pigs trotted about with knives in their backs and one was paid to sleep, eat and fuck. This wasn't the Christian heaven, but a Utopian imaginative space where one's base needs were satisfied, in contrast to the ever looming threat of famine in medieval Europe. Pieter Bruegel painted a famous picture of this place.
This project is in the early stages meaning I have lots of threads of research and ideas but only a dim sense of how they connect together. I'm interested in the image of the peasant who has been pushed from the land by the enclosures, wanders, finds himself a vagabond and a criminal, alone, dispossessed and dreaming of this upside down world. I have many questions about the strange, mythical, proverbial world of Bruegel's paintings.
The Big Fish Eat the Little Fish, 1556 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Blind Leading the Blind, 1568 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder