Riiko Sakkinen | A4 Drawings | Viva la Republique Banania
Viva la Republique Banania
10 September 2007, Cervera de los Montes
A4 (29,7 x 21,0 cm)
Water color, acrylic color, pencil, color pencil, ball-point pen, felt-tip pen and stickers on paper
i The image is from Banania, a popular French chocolate drink. The image have been labeled racist and colonialist by some who argue that it reinforces the old cliché of a friendly yet stupid African.

Viva la republique (French) = Long live the republic.

Banana republic is a pejorative term for a small country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture, and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy and corrupt clique.

Diamants de sang (French) = Blood diamonds. A blood diamond is a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, invading army's war efforts, or supporting a warlord's activity.

Le bon petit colonialisme équilibre (French) = The good, little well-balanced colonialism.

Artist Pension Trust, London.
Tags: France, republic, colonialism, diamonds, chocolate, Banania, fez, banana