Maarten Vanden Eynde

End Game

Ivory tusk and billiard chalk on wooden display, 120 x 55 x 145 cm.

Ivory was the primary economic incentive for King Leopold II to conquer Congo. Is was used for a wide variety of musical instruments (including piano’s, guitars, violins and bassoons), and games like billiard, domino and dices. 

End Game consists of an elephant tusk from Congo and billiard chalk of the brand ‘Master’ (made in USA and with a game logo of a deer!) placed on the tip of the tusk, to either sharpen it or put a stop to it. It also refers to the so called ‘sixth extinction’, an ongoing event that might function as a future marker for the  Anthropocene, the Age of Man.