Will to Power
Will to Power is a fictive futuristic comic story set about the ongoing global economic inequality and its development towards a capitalistic oligarchy.
The story is set in Sweden in the 2050’s. The nation is in an economic and political crisis after The Great Climate Catastrophe. After negotiations in the parliament, the prime minister signs a deal with the influential conglomerate S-REICO to solve the ongoing situation and outsource the institutions of the swedish state to private sector, such as education, health care, courts and military. In this new order, the citizens civil rights have been reduced to an employment contract with the employer, based on economic growth and efficiency.
The project is exploring in a narrative sense the different types of power relations there are within a market economic system and how the dystopian genre can be used as a litterary tool to express a political critique. By following specific characters in specific socio-economic groups, this project tries to shed light on the humanity’s will to power and how our current economic system lives in symbiosis with this.
This is narrated through the photo novel, a practice that originates from Italy in the 1940’s, where photography and texts are compiled as a comic. The practice was popular in Latin America, and especially in Chile, where it was used as a propaganda tool during the Pinochet period for capitalistic and conformative narratives. Will to Power is an attempt to contrast this, and instead use the potential in the photo novel to portray a critique on the current capitalistic system.
With financial support from K-Pengar from KulturUngdom and En snabb slant from Göteborg Municipality.
Project from 2020-2021.