Der letzte Mensch

 

The work Der letzte Mensch (The Last Human Being) is a cynical visual interpretation of the last human being from Friedrich Nietzsche's work Also Sprach Zarathustra. The last humans are not a marginalized social category as in August Sander's life project Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Nietzsche sketches in his aphorisms much more a caricature of the bourgeois character type of the western society of the 19th century. The Nietzschean last human being represses social antagonisms, feels driven to a regular hygiene of the soul, and would be susceptible to various messages of salvation and ego-idealizing philosophies of life.