The Social Media Religion – Paper Art by Carlo Fantin
What is the first thing you do when you wake up? For most of our forefathers, especially the religious, the first thing to do is to pray and the last thing to do at night is the same. In this digital age, morning and evening prayers are replaced by good morning tweets, regular instagram scrolling, and goodnight Facebook status checks.
In this series of paper art pieces, artist Carlo Fantin shows the correlation between religion and social media addiction that the modern day faces. The images project familiar religious icons and are interwoven with familiar social media icons such as the Facebook likes, Twitter bird and Instagram’s heart button.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Carlo explains further the relevance behind his work: Growing up in Italy, and having a devoutly Catholic mother, I spent many Sunday mornings in the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, which was our local church,” Fantin explained. “It is there that I first experienced art through the icons of various saints and the Virgin Mary displayed throughout the cathedral. I have always been fascinated with the iconographic style and with the relationship between religious worship and contemporary obsessions. Often these two worlds collide, and the result is a society that displays religious devotion for modern fixations.”
Find more of his paper art here.