The Fall Of The Boss

THE RISE OF THE BOSS

Collaborative project with Marek Ďurovec

Beech woodcuts, approx 50 pieces, 2020 - ongoing
Print on canvas 100 x 300 cm, 2020 - ongoing
Performance, SKW Stickstoffwerke Piesteritz, 2020

Andrej Babiš, nicknamed the "Czech Donald Trump", is since 2017, current Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, an agriculture, chemistry and fertilizers tycoon, owner of the most popular radio station, but also newspaper, TV station and several fertility clinics. At $4.6B, he is currently ranked #616 in the Forbes worldwide, and in fourth place in the Czech Republic. The largest demonstrations in 2019, with over 250,000 people, since the Velvet Revolution, took place in response to a misuse of EU Funds for his private farm and his ongoing connection to agro-chemical business.

The project attempts to visualize the key events, dating back to 1970s-80s when he worked as a delegate of several state-owned companies in Morocco (negotiating cheap phosphates purchase), through 1990s and 2000s when he gradually built his conglomerate Agrofert until the fall of the government of Petr Nečas, which started the “Era of Andrej Babiš”.

The Rise Of The Boss - Detail The Rise Of The Boss - Canvas with SKW Piesteritz in the background The Rise Of The Boss - Canvas with SKW Piesteritz in the background The Rise Of The Boss - Canvas at the banks of Elbe The Rise Of The Boss - Sheep with SKW Piesteritz in the background