ACEROL, Ali

2011.004.002.jpg

Description

Acrylic on canvas

72 x 53"

In this work, an image of Africa, painted in black, is combined with a gold-colored image of Germany. The background of the painting is made up of several representations of hand gestures used in deaf sign language, a reference to the Nazi program which sterilized the deaf with the goal of creating a superior race. The gestures translate a story written by Rickels in the chapter, “Into Africa,” part of his book Nazi Psychoanalysis–Crypto Fetishism. The narrative surrounds an early female German pilot who was among the first to fly to Africa and whose biography was co-opted for propaganda purposes by the Nazis.

Date

2002

Creator

ACEROL, Ali

b Bursa, 1951

Source

Gift of Laurence A. Rickels

Identifier

2011.004.002

Citation

ACEROL, Ali and b Bursa, 1951, “ACEROL, Ali,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 7, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/688.