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Positions of Power

 

A series of drawings on the arbitrary detention, harassment, beating, torture, rape and imprisonment of those who are seen as not conforming to the strictures of power – from fruit hawkers, children at school, voters, passengers, dreamers, strollers, to those who seek a more equitable life for all.

These Positions of Power, this alignment of the human body imposed by those who exert power, are postures that embody power relations in their raw form. They probably came into being with the foundation of states – though their visual depiction or representations are more apparent in recent times.

The numbering relates to Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December 1948: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.


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All paintings are 56 x 76 cm, ink on Arches paper.

9-3-4, 9-6-1, 9-15-1 are not available.

The numbers of the drawings relate to the variations:
9–2–2 = Article 9 – position 2 – variation 2.

Each image was accompanied by text.

9-1-1
9-2-2
9-3-4
9-4-3
9-5-2
9-6-1 (NA)
9-7-4
9-8-4
9-9-2
9-10-1
9-11-1
9-12-1
9-13-3 (NA)
9-14-1
9-15-1 (NA)

 

All the paintings and poems, the short and long stories, the songs and melodies, all the seminars, meetings and workshops this year and the next and the year after, all this preening and prodding will not change the world.