Poverty and inequality have
long been raping European people, tearing populations apart and causing
hatred amongst them. The uneven share of wealth keeps up the barriers
between countries and builds up tension amongst citizens in their
states. Mäkipää takes a photograph of two ladies having rats for dinner.
The backdrop is a typical third class cityscape, which offers no space
for decency. This situation is a paradigm of the inefficiency that still
haunts Europe. The dinner of rats is a readily available resource of
food for unprivileged citizens. The city-dwellers and
landscape-inhabitants meet at the nutritional chain, while the "sisters"
Mäkipää stress the gap between the struggling European communities and
the Scandinavian welfare society (from which the artist herself
originates). Unlike many places in Europe, according to these artists,
the standard of Sweden is to provide for every individual optimal
possibilities to develop his/her skills and capabilities. This is
possible - so they remind less fortunate countries in the world - with a
system of free education for all and a safety-net of institutions that
help citizens at difficult moments in their life. it seems that Europe
and the rest of the world - despite its history - has a long way to go
and with much to learn.