Medium: oil & spray on canvas
Dimensions: 91 x 122cm
Year: 2016

In an era where religions violently dominate society and the human mind, the (mis)interpretation of the holy scripts is like an endless table tennis game, where the role of the table has been taken by the uneducated and the insecure. Darkness is everywhere and the only light is the one of a fragile surface.

God Bless is a series of four paintings, based on the writings of the two most influential books of the human history, the Quran and the Bible (Old and New Testament).

God Bless III includes writings of the Old Testament in Hebrew.

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Chapter/Verse

Genesis 17/14 – Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people
Genesis 38/7 – But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death
Exodus 12/12 – For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals
Exodus 20/5 – I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me
Exodus 21/12 – Whoever strikes a person mortally shall be put to death
Exodus 21/17 – Whoever curses father or mother shall be put to death
Exodus 22/20 – Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the Lord alone, shall be devoted to destruction
Exodus 31/15 – Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death
Leviticus 18/22 – If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death
Leviticus 20/15 – If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he shall be put to death; and you shall kill the animal
Leviticus 25/45 – You may also acquire them from among the aliens residing with you, and from their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property

Numbers 25/4 – Take all the chiefs of the people, and impale them in the sun before the Lord
Deuteronomy 8/20 – Like the nations that the Lord is destroying before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God
Deuteronomy 20/14 – You may, however, take as your booty the women, the children, livestock, and everything else in the town, all its spoil
Deuteronomy 28/18 – Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb
Samuel b’ 15/15 – The Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became very ill
Chronicles b’ 21/18 – After all this the Lord struck him in his bowels with an incurable disease
Isaiah 9/16 – That is why the Lord did not have pity on their young people,
or compassion on their orphans and widows
Isaiah 66/24 – And they shall go out and look at the dead bodies of the people who have rebelled against me

Ezekiel 5/10 – Surely, parents shall eat their children in your midst, and children shall eat their parents
Hosea 4/5 – I will destroy your mother.
Zephaniah 3/6 – I have cut off nations