Amor fati

2013, tree, shrink wrap, 17x6x3 m
View at Colours of Ostrava festival (40 000 visitors), Czech Republic

The fate of isolation, sterilisation and death of the living. Amor fati is a Latin phrase loosely translating to “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good. Moreover, it is characterized by an acceptance of the events or situations that occur in one’s life. The phrase is used repeatedly in Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings and is representative of the general outlook on life he articulates in section 276 of The Gay Science, which reads: I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.