“The View After The Question”
This print was inspired by my travels around the world. Experiencing new cultures and meeting new people I first started thinking about this idea when I visited the place called Trujillo in Spain. The view you get from the castle on top of the town holds so much history, reflecting the history of wealth and poverty but holds a very strong culture. It was obvious that this was passed down from generation to generation.
On the bus journey from Madrid to Trujillo, I noticed every few miles there was a castle visible from the road, with the shadow of another one and another one reflecting from the distance. I was first to ask someone on the trip that knows a little bit about the region. The person explained to me that there was a period when there was a gold rush in America a lot of families migrated to the USA. After making so much wealth they all returned and tried to outbuild each other.
Back at the hotel, I started thinking about how the wealth made abroad can totally transform a landscape in another part of the world. I was so fascinated by this connection and couldn’t wait to get back to the studio with all the images and sketches I collected during my trip.
“The View After The Question” is a commentary about global connection. In this print, I tried to address the interconnection between economics, environment, development, and survival of endangered species. At the beginning of this project, I started with the images I collected from Spain, collaging them with images from the old historical building of Yemen. Most of the Yemeni buildings have been affected by war which has been going on for years. My thinking at the time was to keep those buildings alive.
Ade Adesina, May 2021