The End of History Image courtesy of La Caja Blanca
Paper, acrylic display case
48 x 40 x 30 cm
The End of History is the literal deconstruction of Francis Fukuyama’s book in which he discusses and in turn deconstructs the notion of Western liberal democracy as the end point of humanity’s socio cultural evolution. By hole punching every single page, cover to cover, of his literary work, the work highlights the parallel between the literal and practical deconstruction of theory and matter, probing how knowledge is produced and rarefied.
For my touring solo show in 2014 I physically deconstructed four very diverse publications, all read in the context of the geo-politics of my world map game, creating a dialogue between one and the other, exploring how these publications influence our world view and question how knowledge is assumed and produced.
The End of the World, The End Of Empire, The End of Agreement, and The End Of The Adventures Of Tintin In The Land Of Black Gold 2014
In The End Of Empire, Empire by Hardt and Negri, a seminal text that talks about the state of empire today, has literally been deconstructed from cover to cover to become a mound of hole punches. The purpose of which is to invite visitors to deconstruct themselves, the notion of empire and to consider what empire means in the current situation in the world today.
The End Of The World playfully references a statement that we all talk about – By reducing a political world map to its very essence, identifiable only by the recognisable colour spectrum for referencing land and water, the work draws attention to the politics of maps and their power in defining and demarcating the world as we know it.
The End of the World
In 1916 the British French Sykes-Picot agreement carved up the Middle East into French and British territories. The installation demonstrates how the agreement yields the smallest amount of punched paper, yet whatever the French Diplomat, Francois George-Picot, and his British counterpart, Sir Mark Sykes, decided 100 years ago, still reverberates to this day. The End Of Agreements questions the appropriateness of the legal power assumed or bestowed upon people – who are those with the authority to draw such borders?
The End Of The Adventures Of Tintin In The Land Of Black Gold draws our attention to the secondary focus in the wider exhibition, the Middle East, and considers how stereotypes are created and accepted. In this edition of The Adventures of Tintin, the comic hero is depicted yet again as the western saviour who defeats eastern terrorist savages. This work questions the power comic fiction and other forms of popular culture have to instil specific world-views in children and adults.