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political connotations

let 100 flowers blossom slogan on rhino print

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 does 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.

poem by Mao Zedong on Hong Kong map

It is similar to 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, lipidation cups carved out of rhinoceros horn fetch prices over one million USD.

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6 comments on “political connotations

Thank you for liking one of my posts on my Uni learning log (Practise of Painting 1). Your work is fabulous. I particularly love the Dragon Rage painting. Stay safe and well. Happy New Year (when it comes along😊)

Thank you, Janice, for your kind words! Happy New Year! All the best and stay safe!

Ich habe die Tatsache des Nashornhorns vorher nicht gewusst. Das öffnete meine Augen. Ich habe die Nachricht gehört, dass Tansania die Schulden irgendwie nicht zurückzahlen kann.
Oder haben sie?
Ich habe die Informationen nicht aktualisiert.

Aber schönes Kunstwerk!

Und auf der Zeitung ist das alte deutsche Schrift, oder?

Der Schrifttypus nennt sich Antiqua-Fraktur – ja, alte deutsche Schrift. Tansania konnte meines Wissens die Schulden nicht begleichen und so griff man auf Naturalien zurueck. Ich weiss aber nicht, ob der Nashorn Deal schon vorher oder eben erst nachher beschlossen wurde. Jedenfalls kam es zu einem dramatischen Rueckgang der Nashorn Population. Es kam uebrigens noch vor wenigen Jahren vor, dass Chinesen Schwarze in Nationalparks beauftragten. fuer sie Hörner von Nashörnern zu beschaffen. Brutale Schlachtungen….

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