Europe is “tilted on its back”, moved off the centre and mirrored: Northern Africa creates an dominating central form whereas Europe seems to dissolve into geographical fragments.
The outlined geographical regions are based on the historical connections and influences between European and Islamic culture, through the Ottoman empire and the Moors. The work deals with both a collective ( European) denial of this historical cultural dependence and the actual projection of an enemy-image; Europe is no longer the natural “centre of the map.”
An arabesque-decoration is painted into the black surface of the Rorschach. The decoration consists of different Islamic patterns from different historical and geographical areas, to show that Islamic culture is not a monolithic culture but changes according to local traditions and ideas.