Paris-based artist collective Claire Fontaine presents a large burning art installation via a breathtaking video. The title of the work P.I.G.S. uses the acronym created by financial media to pejoratively refer to Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain since the late 2000s recession.*
The installation is a selective map of Europe that only shows Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain, created with thousands of matchsticks planted into holes hand-drilled into a wall. The video kicks off at the moment of its ignition. The theme symbolizes the symbolizes the catastrophic consequences of the “burning debt” plaguing Southern Europe. The destruction of economies, countries, social structures and most important people’s lives.