06 . 20  



I created this piece during the latest protests of the Black Lives Matter movement. This subject remained taboo for a long time – and it often still is. That is what I wished to depict thanks to the pocket watches covering my character’s eyes. Besides, one can notice that the number 4 here is purposefully written with the roman numerals IIII, which can look like a mistake at first. This actually refers to an older spelling which could be found on certain types of clocks. The IV form was elected as the norm only starting from the Middle Ages. A few famous watchmakers still use the old spelling as a trademark.

Watches freeze this need for change which has been expected for a long time, as well as the inertia we have consented to by not mobilising. Some have been considering this piece as a strong symbol, stuck up on walls by the protesters or worn on T-shirts during the protests. It was also the promotional image of an antiracist event held in Basel, and was then sold in an auction. The benefits from the sale were given to an organisation fighting against racism and for the Black Lives Matter movement.



  • Creation Date - June 2020

  • Sales Launch - July 2020

  • Original / unique piece

  • Digitally signed

  • Price CHF 400.00




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