[Trip Advisers] – Irina Sigitova + Hauteart


The papyrus ‘Trip Advisors’ looks from a familiar Egyptian hieroglyph of priests paying homage to their god but that is a smokescreen for the artist’s perspective on society today. If one looks at the painting in more detail, it contains modern-day items such as mushrooms and light bulbs. Daily offerings were made in ancient temples to statues of deities and the ritual of the ‘opening of the mouth’ took place. The intention of the ritual was to obtain some kind of ‘spiritual essence’ of the deity and involved offering food, drinks, and gifts. Priests sang hymns in praise of their favored god and even dressed the statues up in fine clothing while burning incense and oils. Today, we have our own ‘gods’ whom we worship with ‘likes’, ‘follows’ and hashtags. Our desire to admire those who appear superior, more influential, and more beautiful means that we place many people on a pedestal – people who have no spiritual qualities at all. We worship them despite this, under the illusion that they represent some divine reality we can only access with the help of hallucinogens or mind-altering substances.

• About artist: Irina Sigitova


Dimensions:23 × 1 × 32 cm
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In order to preserve the “proper course of things in the universe,” a whole small army of priests in numerous temples of Egypt daily offered prayers to the gods. In each temple there was a special statue of the deity, with which the ritual of “opening the mouth” was performed to obtain the “spiritual essence of the deity”. Daily offerings of food, drink and gifts were made to these statues. The priests also sang hymns and even washed and dressed their “gods”. During the ritual, oils and incense were necessarily used, as well as eye paint.

Workers and artists in Egypt often marked their creations with personal graffiti (sometimes of a humorous nature). Thanks to this curious custom, modern researchers can recreate information about the ancient structures of Egypt and how they were built. Initially, all workers were divided into thousands, and then each thousand was divided into smaller units, each of which was assigned to perform a specific task. Each of these groups of workers had their own nickname, which necessarily included the name of the pharaoh for whom they worked. This led to the appearance of such bizarre names as “Mikerin’s drunkards”. Similar graffiti adorns tombs, pyramids and other monuments of antiquity.

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Weight0,3 kg
Dimensions23 × 1 × 32 cm



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