A series of photo-manipulated urbanscapes by Chinese artist Du Zhenjun that presents a contemporary version of the apocalypse. Huge towers that dominate the landscape are being built as symbols of globalization and the brutal changes brought upon our social condition by digital technologies that reshape our reality. The series was inspired by the Tower of Babel story in the Book of Genesis in which mankind tried to build a city and tower to reach heaven. God intervened by disorientating them through the creation of multiple languages as punishment for their betrayal, dispersing people all over the world. Zhenjun reinterprets the Genesis story by using digitally assembled internet-sourced images to create a collage in order to spotlight a different facet of modern conflict, ranging from consumption, climate change, and environmental catastrophe to individualism and geopolitical conflicts. Zhenjun's catastrophic scenarios reminds one of Hieronymus Bosch’s visions of hell but there is nothing fictional or surreal about the works as they are composed from images of real events collaged to form a modern day version of hell.
My works deal with the question of human nature. This is also a global question. I do not deal with this question under the aspect of different cultures but rather from an abstract angle. Human nature is the same everywhere, only the outer appearance is different.