It has been clear to me for quite some time that I am using elements of art history throughout my practice. Taking a photograph of the banana above and thinking again of my older film with the so called ‘banana guard’. The banana in neither cases should be simply understood with the implications art history has already explored, and thus not as a symbol with its existing and clear meaning and implications, but, and that is of utmost importance, as an element and symbol of several ideas of history and art history, a universal symbol of history, or one of such symbols perhaps.
As such, the white rectangular figures in ‘Vanito Vanitas’ are not functioning within the framework of the modernist discourse, that might be misleading. They on the contrary function with strong historic and referential implications to the particular elements of art history and all the complexity of contexts, ideas, social movements behind them/behind the time they were made.