October 31, 2021

How Important Are Decolonization Practices for Women of Different Cultures Living in the UK?

Camila Ospina Gaitan

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Digital Paint Printed on Silk Viscoe and Metal Infra Structure.Great Britain, 2021165 cmx 110cmx 350cm

Great Britain (Digital painting on silk with metal infrastructure) consists of a combination of medieval iconography and contemporary situations; its main purpose is to question whether the UK has remained in a medieval/colonial state, especially for female bodies. It consists of 3 parts: Sky (head): is the idealization of it, pure magic with a more classical perspective, but you start to notice that there is the blood. Garden (body): it is the elegance of all these royal gardens, it is the modification of lands scape to prove a status quo, but when you look closer, you notice that the garden is full of monsters that have to mutilate other cultures and humans to create that. Hell (shadow): it is the materialization of a shadow, of darkness and the unseen, is the place where there is no idealization or elegance; It is the truth of a colonial present that is alive. It is grotesque and scary some scenes of power-sucking and oppression, truly how things might have not changed from a medieval time. This project’s discussion is fundamental to question the UK as an empire and its continued colonial behaviours, like racism, machismo, and the exploitation of other countries and cultures.