The polychrome figures are inspired by African "colon" sculptures - figural portraits made by African artists representing Europeans during the colonial period. Tayou thus meditates on the complex ways Europeans figured, often as the inscrutable other, in the African ritual, visual and social imaginary.
© Photo: Haupt & Binder
Colonial Erection. Flags of the African nations and polychrome sculptures in front of the Neue Nationalgalerie.