This work is a painting by the artist, Manuel Gröger.
One day I heard about the belief that the messiah will come riding a white donkey. That it was even a subject of laughter, coming on a white donkey becoming a metaphor for a very, very long wait.
This image stuck in my mind and I asked some of my friends to paint a white donkey on canvas or whatever they wanted.
I waited patiently, and several months later Manuel gave me this present. He had added a white donkey lying on its side to one of his paintings showing a burning forest.
If you only knew how much I love that donkey… Manuel has promised me that the animal is only sleeping, that he is not dead. For me, this painting is the hope that I lend to these few words. And since he is the artist, I believe him, but every time I look at this painting I feel like waking the donkey from his deep sleep and telling him to run away. Before the flames reach him.
If I were to lend you this painting, I know I would miss it.