The series, "The Topsy-Turvy World”, is a dialogue with the work of the great Northern Renaissance artist Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Pieter Brueghel, also known by the nickname "peasant", often used the Dutch folklore - proverbs and sayings that reflected the vices and everyday stupidity of a person. Proverbs and sayings used in the paintings of Pieter Brueghel still exist in almost all languages. They accumulate psychological archetypes characteristic of people at all stages of the development of human civilisation. In the series "The Topsy-Turvy World", artist, Dmitriy Bulin rethinks the old Flemish proverbs and offers his own version of their modern reading. Saying ‘To bell the cat’ is meaning; to take risk on behalf of others.

* From the exhibition ‘Codex Rescriptus’ in Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow in 2022. Digital print

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How to cite: [Photograph by Dmitry Bulin]. (2023). To bell the cat. BRIQ Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly, 4(3), 93.