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Dark side of colonization


A skull with ice skate, top, and a skull with the tool of power (below) are seen at the Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo (2011–2013) exhibit by Belgian artist Jan Fabre at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo. The exhibition, which runs through Sept 23, features a selection of mosaics with the shields of jewel beetles. The exhibition is inspired by the harsh colonial policy that Belgium imposed upon Congo in the 19th century.

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Er... did the Belgians go ice skating in Congo? And if they did, did they then whack the natives over the head with their skates?


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shame about the beetles… but I'm sure it'll be worth it when the ART changes colonial history…. ZZZzzzzzzzz

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Is that supposed to represent an "ice skate" ? Looks more like a sandal to me - I certainly wouldn't have worn anything like that to go ice-skating !

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"the dark side of colonization"? There was no bright side. It was only dark, very dark. King Leopold of Belgium had the arms of Congolese kids cut off if the parents did not enslave themselves in the Belgian mines. You can google pictures if you have the stomach for it.

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Not my taste and a bit disingenuous in re colonialism, but then it is at the LVMH Espece, so I guess it fits.

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I don't find this one really inspiring. Whenever I think of colonialism I imagine myself a scene from "The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, where a ship fires canons into the jungle just for the sake of it. There was something really frightening about that scene when I read it.

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