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Samson’s Nostalgia Trap
Signed Print

Conor Harrington


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Screenprint, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 74cm x W 100cm

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Meaning & Analysis

Replete with historical references and allegorical elements, Samson’s Nostalgia Trap (2014) was created shortly after The Unveiling (2014), and as such, represents the artist’s further foray into the questions of cultural stereotypes, sexuality, and body image. In comparison with The Unveiling that was also exhibited during Harrington’s New York exhibition, the gender roles here appear reversed. The main agent in the scene appears to be the naked woman who, sitting boldly upwards, caresses the head of a man as he rests on her thighs. A crumpled United Nations flag dangles from the wooden table, around which the human figures in the print are centred. An ambiguous lustre surface occupies a large space of the floor and appears to dissolve objects that came into contact with it, including the recognizable blue flag. Linking contemporary themes to a broad historical perspective, the print represents Harrington’s ongoing scrutiny of what he described as the "empire and cycles of power".

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