E64 – Healing the blindborn
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.” (John IX, 5 – 6)
There are three plans in this engraving that (intentionally) resemble a poster. The first plan represents the act, the healing as described. The second plan is completely taken up by the blind man who, pointing to his eyes, shouts at the viewer. The (double) third plan is taken by the same healed blind man, who stands for the Sanhedrian formed by a priest of both the old and the new testament, a soldier, citizens, capitalists (aided by a small astrologer), a workman, a communist triumvirate, westernized Asians and Africans who are all blind. On the other hand, there is again the healed blind man who walks through the violated landscape where every crime lies bound under a Calvary with a common Calvary above that leading to blindness. Between the second and third plan on the left is the crucified figure of Christ who, in contrast to the blind man, stares at the viewer patiently and silently.
This work was made in Totoral (Argentina) between the 14th of April and the 4th of June 1939.