My mother is an art advisor and my father is an architect. I grew up with art and design as a meaningful aspect of my life. A lot of modern and pop art is devoid of meaning. Instead, I am enthralled by pieces with important ideological significance. In my home, I am seeking to collect works that exemplify both the best and the worst of humanity and its social beliefs, religious dogmas, and political ideologies.

Maoist Struggle Session, Li Zhensheng
Maoist Oppression Against Thoughtcrime

The week of the photographer Li Zhensheng’s death, this and others of his photos began circulating online. I first stumbled upon this in a tweet, describing it as the physical manifestation of cancel culture. I thought this was insightfully accurate and poignant. Our brains are not built for the internet, and I imagine being cancelled feels equivalent to how Luo Zicheng feels in this photograph. I had heard of Maoist struggle sessions but had not realized how formal they were (and prevalent). I intend to read significantly more on Maoist China.

The staff of the Heilongjiang Daily accuses Luo Zicheng, head of the work group designated by the provincial Party committee, of following the capitalist line and opposing mass movement. His dunce cap announces his crimes. Harbin, 25 August 1966.

Reference: Contact Press Images

Mother and Father, Kate Noble
Conservative Islamic Oppression Against Women

I had been becoming increasingly acquainted with Islamic doctrine when I stumbled upon this photograph posted online under the title “Mother and Father.” One can see visually the difference in welfare provided to men and women in conservative Islamic culture (this photo was taken in Galle, Sri Lanka). It struck me so meaningfully that I bought it in the largest scale I could to be printed and framed for my wall.

Reference: Alamy