“From several books that I have read, I know that in the year Copernicus died (1543) his most prominent work On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres appeared.
In 1600, Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake at Campo di Fiori in Rome for preaching the heliocentric theory. In 1633, Galileo – after a trial held by the Holy Inquisition- was forced to disavow the results of his research confirming past scientific theories. He already owned a refined telescope with which anyone could see, with their own eyes, that the Earth revolves around the Sun. It was not until 1835 – around two hundred years later – that Nicolaus Copernicus’ book was removed from the Vatican’s List of Prohibited Books. When I realized that for all those years, all these generations of people were forced to live in a fake world…my skin went numb.
I decided to throw some names, claims, slogans, views, opinions and evidence onto a canvas so that by blowing them up, multiplying, coloring and – in a word – understanding them, I make sure that I do not live in a similarly artificial world.”