When I was younger I rather often used to do paintings and graphics with political content. I know that political statements are not in great demand in art today, which I think is a shame.
Sometimes I have the urge to package political content again, even if I know that not everyone recognizes the connection at first glance.
For this work, a poem by Mao Zedong was painted on an inconspicuous sheet of paper. Only when one takes a closer look one realizes that it is an old Hong Kong map.
The red lines can be found on traditional Chinese writing paper. In this context they are reminiscent of prison-bars.
It is similar with the theme of rhinos. Historically, one must remember the Mao period, when China built a railroad network in Tanzania and was paid for with rhinoceros horns.
At auctions, libidation cups carved out of rhinoceros horn fetch prices in excess of one million USD.