The 20th century saw the rise of decolonization movements in Africa and Asia, leading to the end of European imperialism in many parts of the world. The decolonization of Africa and Asia led to a deracination of traditional cultures and values.
Unfortunately, the corruption of local leaders in Africa and Asia led to chaos and civil war. Their tribalism was also ridiculed by Western powers, laughing at the nepotism in African and Asian politics. The clown that features at the center of the chimera, reflects the derision of Westerners towards the political class of their previous colonies. The weapon industry continued to fuel these tribal conflicts in the newly independent countries.
Elephants and tigers, once symbols of indigenous strength, were commoditized and used by the third world tourism industry, that struggles to balance progress with preservation. The rise of the Chinese economy and its expansionist policies put further stress on the global economy. Meanwhile, the Western world’s declining superpowers and US exploding public debt create uncertain futuristic prospects.
The legacy of decolonization continues to be a complex and multifaceted issue and this installation tries to reflect that.
The artistic installation consists of three parts: a coiling serpent, a chimera, and a pagoda.