The Scramble For Africa
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About this artwork
“Africa is poor, but we can try and help its people”. It’s a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we’ve heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm our image of Africa. Try something different. “Africa is rich but we steal its wealth.”
I wanted to paint the boy in a realism style showing how he is pulled in so many different directions by the Imperialistic countries and yet there is determination in his eyes to rid himself and Africa of these shackles.