Pagan Geopolitics

Still Life Ritual, 2023

Ceramic basket, bells, fabric, yarn, wool, metal, salt dough, beeswax

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Print, rope, yarn

Brick Wall Archive, 2023

Faux brick wall, fluorescent spray paint, sticker, LED light, house number sign, bulletin board pin, feathers, hay, wool


Horns Up Horns Down, 2023
Beeswax, wool, hand spun yarn, plastic, fluorescent rope, plastic keychain with drawing (pen on paper), metal horseshoe keychain, artificial lambskin, paper, yarn, salt dough


Border Control, 2023
Drawing (pen on paper) on felted wool

*Beeswax, wool, yarn, and feathers are locally produced in Vishovgrad, Bulgaria

Photo: Sabine Wedege

Pagan Geopolitics, Heerz Tooya, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Supported by Statens Kunstfond (Danish Arts Foundation)

Special thanks to Tequila Bar Fnky Mnky

Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks,” claimed Karl Marx in Capital. A vampire, a mosquito, a bloodsucker, a consumer, a capitalist – at-the-border, behind-the-border, territories, power, war, colonialism, agriculture, sacrifices, survival. Pagan Geopolitics plays with the idea of a new term for an understanding of how countries produce and trade, and how deep-rooted paganism is in relation to this, to everyday life, worldview, and capitalism – passed down from our ancestors to us, from generation to generation, from local production to mass production. The importance in peasant culture to ensure a good harvest and the animals where healthy - in general: to protect from evil – with forbidden pagan rituals. An awareness of what materials nature offers, in relation to where you are, inside borders, inside bureaucracy, inside totalitarianism... where the human finally can connect to the cycle of life and improve the relationship with nature, once again, sucking out all the nutrition, getting forced into trade of the good naturel resources, and everyone standing like Pavlov’s dogs, and wants to buy that piece of land. Mother Nature’s body once again got sold for copper, nickel and zinc, a living currency with libidinal economy – as Silvia Federici mention in Caliban and the Witch, “The body has been for woman in capitalist society what the factory has been for male waged workers. It’s like winning on a slot machine! Good luck.