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The Power of Perspective

The idea that history is told by the victors of wars recurs in Enrique Chagoya’s artwork, which humorously questions and counters received wisdom. Return of the Macrobiotic Cannibal weaves a time-warping narrative in which Pre-Columbian mythological beings appear alongside American comic book characters. A Catholic/Mesoamerican priest is featured quoting Hippocrates: Ars longa, vita brevis est—Art is long, life is short. Nearby, twentieth-century naval ships face off against indigenous “cannibals” as envisioned in a 1621 image by German engraver Wolfgang Kilian (1581–1662).
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