Maarten Vanden Eynde

I Want That You Want What I Want That You Want

2010
Sculpted ebony wood, 24 x 70 x 21 cm.
Produced in collaboration with Garba Tanko.
(In private collection, France)

Exchange of an original STIHL chainsaw for a copy made in ebony wood by a Cameroonian artisan. The exchange symbolises on a micro level the daily import and export of machines, cars and tropical hardwood
that is taking place between Europe (Rotterdam/Antwerp) and Africa (Douala). After the ‘equal’ trade, the artisan continues to cut more trees, even faster than before, and I sold his copy as contemporary art on the international fair Art Brussels, Belgium.