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Peter Robinson's Strategic Plan

Robert Leonard

PETER ROBINSON, Do You Speak Dutch, Dutch?, 1996, oilstick on linen, 200 x 300 cm.

Permit me a generalisation. Colonised people often find themselves caught in a double bind. On the one hand they have been disparaged, decimated, disempowered; on the other hand they are idealised. They are routinely promoted as being closer to the land and to their selves, as being more spiritual, more human. Paradoxically, such idealisation results from a de-basing. Dispossessed of the material base of their culture, their cultural values no longer function as…

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