Anno Dijkstra, ‘A Last Farewell’, 2011

Center of The Hague: Spui - Grote Markstraat - Kalvermarkt

Part of The Sculpture Gallery

An Amazon Indian chief in traditional attire embraces a Western tourist. This sculpture by Anno Dijkstra (1970) looks like a typical holiday snapshot. But it is one with a distinctive edge. Why does the Indian miss an arm and why does the other person hardly have a face? It is a reference to the fact that ancient Indian cultures can only survive thanks to tourists who like to consume authentic ways of life. In the busy shopping street the work poses the question: who is dependent upon whom?

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Anno Dijkstra, ‘A Last Farewell', 2011
photo: Sander Foederer, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Anno Dijkstra, ‘A Last Farewell', 2011
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Anno Dijkstra, ‘A Last Farewell', 2011
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Anno Dijkstra, ‘A Last Farewell', 2011
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Anno Dijkstra, ‘A Last Farewell', 2011
photo: Stroom Den Haag