"The Enlightened Savage"
Digital print on paper and canned food, 2002
Edition of 40, published by Trillium Press
Chagoya appropriates images from art history and popular culture and
juxtaposes them in absurd and humorous ways. Images, texts and phrases are placed in new contexts that draw attention to and question their meanings.
He uses the term "cannibalism" as a metaphor to describe how dominant
cultures write history and claim ideas, traditions, images and objects.
Turning it around, he himself cannibalizes from art history and popular
culture: religious icons, commercial products, hooded Mexican wrestlers,
Disney characters, and appropriations of artwork from Goya to Courbet to