*** Sisyphus, urban, slave***
The visual language of ‘Sumo ride’ is built with motifs derived from the fairytale/fantasy world and the fetish world – two worlds that are connected by great resemblances and tensions. Both are extreme, colorful & contain dominant visual elements. They are each dichotomies with radical extremes. These extremes are intensified when faced with realistic motifs of Sisyphean urban life.
Sumo wrestlers lead a highly regimented way of life. The Sumo Association prescribes the behavior of its wrestlers and breaking the rules can result in fines and/or suspension.
Fun fact: The negative effects of the sumo lifestyle become dangerously apparent later in life. Sumo wrestlers have a life expectancy of between 60 and 65. They often develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases.
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