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"There Is No Contradiction..."

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"There Is No Contradiction..."
Thomas Faulkner
mixed media
84" (high) x 31" x 10"

In 1984 the Sandinista government of Nicaragua announced its revolutionary slogan for the year: "There is no contradiction between Christianity and the Revolution." Liberation theology had taken root and people's masses were being held throughout the country. As this Marxist revolution confounded Washington, D.C. this religious revolution was unsettling Rome. These two world powers were allied in their commitment to put down the Nicaraguan people's religious and political movements.

This sculpture addresses the contradiction between the actions of the United States government, the Papacy and the beliefs that each proclaims. The American flag and toy soldiers breaking apart the map of Nicaragua represents the United States provision of arms and technical assistance to the Contras. Surveillance planes ringed the country, here depicted by a fleet of toy fighter planes. On each plane an Anglo cleric in roman collar stands facing the map. the planes sit on an arrow that points up towards the Northwest, towards Mexico and the United States, the so-called 'dominoes' that might fall unless the Revolution was stopped. The background element upon which all of these images rest is a cross.


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