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David Roberts Art Foundation

A Special Arrow Was Shot in the Neck...

YEE I-LANN, Empires of Privateers and Their Glorious Ventures, 2010, Digital print with batik on silk, 132 x 400 cm. 

Photo by Matthew Booth. Courtesy the artist.

As a legacy of colonialism and the various nationalist movements that ensued, modern understandings of "land" are inescapably bound with notions of territoriality, sovereignty and nationhood. The preponderance of culturalism in the last half-century only abetted this tendency to abstract the profane earth, such that any invocation of "land" today glosses…

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