The Adventures of the Modernist Cannibals (Les Aventures des Cannibales Modernistes)

The Adventures of the Modernist Cannibals (Les Aventures des Cannibales Modernistes)


Enrique Chagoya

(American, b. 1953)

published by

Shark's Ink

printed by

Shark's Ink

Accordion-folded book with eight lithograph and woodcut with chine collé panels

Support: Handmade ivory Papel de Amate paper with white Thai Mulberry chine collé

Each page: 19 x 29.3 cm (7 1/2 x 11 9/16 in.); Overall: 19.2 x 235.1 cm (7 9/16 x 92 9/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2018.17

Edition: t/p 1/1



Enrique Chagoya modeled Les Aventures des Cannibales Modernistes on the format of a pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican codex. By altering, combining, and juxtaposing images from diverse sources, Chagoya presents cultural and religious icons in contradictory and unexpected contexts, thus disrupting a linear view of history. In this topsy-turvy world, Mexican stereotypes play dominant roles, complicating the idea of European political and artistic supremacy.

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