Afromosia wood, mahogany, leather, inkwells, paper, blood, 2015
The unavoidable compulsion for power and dominance is perhaps one of the most significant factors shaping history itself. The ability to influence and control circumstances, and to exercise power inside a political or social context, is endemic to humans as social beings. In this sense, history has been made by actions which determined the realities not only of those holding power but all of those who happen to be involved. Collateral damage was somehow always accepted as a feature of these actions, almost as an inevitable justification in the name of a greater idea. To write history is to capture immortality, but at whose expense?
Only Victor’s Justice examines different colonial aftermaths by using fiction and speculative tropes to explore controversial strategies of power play. The bureaucratic visual aesthetics of the work insinuates dehumanizing and often neglectful effects of the legislative protocols and their executions. Disclosing the aspects of institutional verticality and linguistical unapproachability the work gestures towards socio-cultural taxations within hegemonical powerplays. It shows us another side of the written word and its piercing colonial heritage.
The work itself is composed of differing elements, combined to create an installation and a writing set.