THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS PROJECT CAME ABRUPTLY IN JUNE OF 1989, ON MY 33RD BIRTHDAY, WHEN THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT BRUTALLY SILENCED THE PRO-DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN TIANANMEN SQUARE.
Then on November 9th, a German model I was working with told me about the imminent fall of the Berlin Wall.
I got to Berlin as fast as I could to witness history in the making.
I left Berlin with a piece of the wall (in spite of being chased by the West German police), and images of revolution, freedom and victory in my mind.
Soon these images began intermingling with images of subjugation and failure in China.
I had a dichotomous loop of surrender and victory, freedom and oppression going on constantly.
When the apartheid government released Nelson Mandela in February of 1990, the focus of the piece finally materialized.
I saw the image of a native African rising in triumph from the restrictions of political power, emerging from the bonds of stone, his raised hand clenching the same piece of wall I took in Berlin.
While, at his back, the Chinese student’s head is bowed in a submission that sinks further into the depths of repression.
|Dimensions:||211 x 109 x 104 cm|