Illegal Alien’s Guide to the Concept of Relative Surplus Value

  • Enrique Chagoya, Shark's Ink, Illegal Alien's Guide to the Concept of Relative Surplus Value, 2009, color lithograph on Amate paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2010.26, © 2009, Shark's Ink

Chagoya’s lithograph resembles a pre-Columbian Maya codex, an accordion-like book printed on Amate paper and traditionally read from right to left. His contemporary rendition blends references to several apocalyptic moments – the conquest of the Americas, transatlantic slavery, deadly tsunamis, and the disastrous economic downturn of 2008. By juxtaposing historical images and comic-book figures, Chagoya conceives of an ironic history in which non-European peoples survive turbulent events of the past and present.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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La litografía de Chagoya se asemeja a un códice maya precolombino, un libro en forma de acordeón impreso en papel amate que tradicionalmente se lee de derecha a izquierda. Esta versión contemporánea del artista combina referencias a varios momentos apocalípticos ―la conquista de las Américas, la esclavitud transatlántica, los tsunamis destructores y la desastrosa crisis económica del 2008. Mediante la yuxtaposición de imágenes históricas y personajes de tiras cómicas, Chagoya crea una historia irónica en la cual los pueblos que no son de origen europeo sobreviven a los turbulentos eventos del pasado y el presente.

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense, 2013

Title
Illegal Alien’s Guide to the Concept of Relative Surplus Value
Artists
Printers
Publisher
Date
2009
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
1580 in. (38.1203.2 cm) irregular
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
color lithograph on Amate paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – art object – painting
  • Travel – water – ship
  • Figure – fragment – skeleton
  • Travel – water – canoe
  • Animal – fish
  • Cartoon – comics – Popeye
  • Architecture – vehicle – truck
Object Number
2010.26
Palette
Linked Open Data
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