Jaishri Abichandani
Hearts of Darkness (Condoleezza Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali)
2010
acrylic paint, metal studs, plastic, fabric and swarovski jewels on canvas
Hirsi Ali, lauded as a feminist icon in much of the Western media, is a highly contentious figure in the Muslim world on account of her anti-Islamic rhetoric. Paired with Condoleezza Rice, the couple conjures up the mixed emotions stirred by the entwining of black feminist power and neo-conservative Washington politics. Both highly conservative women the destructiveness of their views and actions is symbolized by the bullets piercing the surface. The title makes reference to Joseph Conrad's novella of the same name.
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