Survival of the Fattest by Jens Galschiøt

Survival of the Fattest - 2002

Survival of the Fattest is a sculpture of a starved african man carrying a huge fat woman from the west, with a weight in her hand. The sculpture was made by Jens Galschiøt in 2002 as a symbol of the uneven distribution of the world's resources. The title is reminiscent of Charles Darwin's famous phrase 'Survival of the Fittest'.

The 3.5 metre high sculpture was created by Jens Galschiøt in collaboration with his colleague Lars Calmar. The sculpture epitomizes the imbalanced distribution of the world’s resources. We are living comfortably, oppressing the poor by means of a biased and unjust system of global trade. The richest countries enforce discriminatory trade policies and subsidies to keep the poorest countries out of competition.

The sculpture was unveiled  in December of 2002 in Copenhagen. Subsequently Danish NGOs used the sculpture in their campaign against the hegemony which is the global trade racket. 


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Survival of the Fattest