In order to try to understand some aspects of the Lithuanian newspapers I decided to also study a couple of days in Vilnius. Language learning is part of my art practice (see: A taste for studies) thought usually, I spent many years on a language. Below, see also a particular illustration from my study book below.
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November 2003, Vilnius. Teacher: Ingrida Tatolyte
This image below is taken from the study book we were using. The sentence reads: This man hereis Lithuanian, that man there is African.
These images are part of a tradition that help to shape the image of African for school children, feeding them with dehumanizing stereotypes of some "savages" with primitive weapon on the hand, standing isolated below some palm tree reaching out the hand for help. If you want to read an interesting study about this study material please contact me since one article about study material and the image of Africa of German school children had be wonderfull researched and described by S. Wulffen, publishe my book "Imported - A Reading Seminar" (ed. Rainer Ganahl, Semiotext(e), New York 1997)
Basic Lithuanian, (Study sheet),
work on paper, 9 x 12 inches
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