Our Lady for Sale
Max Weber has located the origin of capitalism in Protestantism. The figures of the Virgin Mary portrayed in this series are mass-produced in China, which officially adopted atheism as state policy. Christianity is viewed as Western philosophy and is considered a threat to the authority of the communist party of China. In recent years, officials demolished churches as part of anti-religious campaigns.
Weber has also argued that when the pursuit of wealth becomes the primary reason for economic activities, stripped of its religious and ethical meaning, our obsession with material wealth could become “an iron cage”.
Our Ladies with questioning looks are produced in China purely for the acquisition of profit in market economies. How can we understand the ambivalence of the modern world where Christian statues are manufactured without any religious sentiment in a socialist state who witnesses imprisonment of Christian pastors and priests?