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Tackling a Shameful Colonial Past
August 26, 2010   
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Warsaw’s Center for Contemporary Art is staging Tropical Gothic, an exhibition of works by Adam Latham and Alberto Tavares. Both artists are based in London, although Tavares is originally from Cape Verde. The works on display grapple with the West’s shameful colonial past and delve into the exotic image of the “Other” in European art and culture. Tropical Gothic portrays the moment when the rational European observer is confronted with aspects of reality that fall outside his or her perception. Invoking the pre-colonial identity of the Other is intended to expose the duplicity and evil of the Western world.

Latham’s sketches are psychedelic and bursting with irony and his water colors are executed with precision. Tavares uses found objects and sandpaper to put together collages in various shades of brown and gray. The challenge for the viewer is to unravel the puzzle and see the whole.

M.R.
Until Sept. 19
Center for Contemporary Art
Ujazdowski Castle, 2 Jazdów St., Warsaw
For more information, go to www.csw.art.pl
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