2014 / Photograph

Torch, by the Indigenous Canadian artist Rebecca, addresses the implications of colonialism as forced displacement of Indigenous peoples. The arm of Liberty, bound by the Stars and Stripes, is inverted and holds uprooted long black hair. This image connects liberty with discipline in the inverted bound arm, and replaces the torch of enlightenment with the darkness of uprooted hair.

John Potts, The Theme of Displacement in Contemporary Art, E-rea Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone, 2018

Photo credit: Henri Robideau