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.
b Bursa, 1951
Gift of Laurence A. Rickels
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.