What is the central idea of your concentration?
The central idea of my concentration is to cast light on each country by showcasing one social or economic hardship they face. I chose a variety of countries, ranging from rich to poor, traditional to modern, etc. Each country has their own personal flaw. I wanted to show how we are all so similar, but still incredibly diverse and unique.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?
I wanted to make sure that the flag was accurate, but I also wanted to capture each country’s hardship. The only flag I changed was work 12, Uganda, because it depicts cannibalism. In Work 1 I tried to show the solidarity of the widows in Bangladesh. Once their husbands die, widows are often sent away by their families and treated poorly by the community. Work 2 is meant to depict internet scammers in Ghana, and 3 outlines the mafia in Albania that is guilty of trafficking drugs, illegal arms, and even human organs. In work 4 I drew a mother holding a child’s hand to represent teen pregnancy in Tanzania, and in 5 I drew a boy dancing in Afghanistan. Dancing Boys are young men who are ripped from their families, and sold. Work 6 is a depiction of clashing political ideologies in America; the farmer vs. politician, republican vs. democrat, and man vs. woman. Work 7 represents the dictatorship in North Korea, 8 depicts a girl who is seen as less-than a boy in China, and 9 shows the slums in India. Work 10 is the cartels in Mexico. I drew a wall of cocaine bricks to symbolize the overtaking of a country by its criminals. In work 11 I drew hands reaching out to fruit to symbolize hunger in Venezuela.
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