Den fede dame Ringkøbing

Survival of the fattest

Galschiøt’s sculpture 'Survival of the fattest' arrived in town in 2006. But it turned out to be necessary to make a few changes , so that the sculpture would endure the West Jutland weather - so in the summer of 2007, the sculpture was finally set up on the harbour.

The 3.5 meter tall sculpture is a caricature of a giant western looking woman, sitting on the back of a starving african man. He is not only suffering from his own hunger, but also from the woman’s physical abundance.  

 The woman is holding a weight to underline, that something is obviously wrong with the global distribution of wealth. Jens Galschiøt's sculpture is a comment to the inequality in world trade, where the privileged part of the world, with its customs and subsidiaries, is keeping the developing countries out.  

- I’m not demonstrating for nor against the EU, but for introducing a different set of values into the debate, says Jens Galschiøt and adds: 

- It’s not just bad for the poor, who die from hunger. It’s also bad for us. It affects us to witness these contrasts. We become callous and cold hearted. With this sculpture, I strive to imprint an image in people’s minds, so that they will think: oh my god, is that what the world is like? And to make them see themselves as part of the problem. 

Galschiøt has a clear reason for why the sculpture looks the way it does; the world has become too small to contain these enormous contrasts:  

- On one hand, on the northern part of the globe, we have problems with eating too much fat and too much in general. On the other side of the globe, people are dying from starvation. That is the cause of the mass migration of refugees and the reason for terrorism. In our attempt to screen ourselves from the problems of the third world, we ignore values concerning democracy and civilization, he says. 

Find the sculpture on the harbour in Ringkøbing