Believe it or not, alcohol is political, cultural, historical, economic and can be used in art to convey a very powerful message.
In 2007, El Anatsui created a sculpture that alludes to contemporary consumer habits and to the history of colonialism in his home nation, Nigeria. This shimmering sheet is composed of liquor-bottle caps and seals discarded by Nigerian distilleries.
For Anatsui, bottle caps represent “the material which was there at the beginning of the contact between two continents.” In the complex networks of exchange established between Africa and Europe as early as the fifteenth century, Europeans used alcohol to barter for African goods, and alcohol eventually became a key commodity in the transatlantic slave trade. 🙏 to @themuseumofmodernart and @anatsuie