The Outer Islands Triptych


In this triptych I tried to portray the three ostensibly insignificant islets that in some ways capture the fallout of globalization:

  1. Pitcairn (mercantilism and globalization): this is a remote and desolate island in the South Pacific, where the mutineers of The Bounty took refuge. The dismal history of this island tells a story of extreme isolation of the descendants of the original multicultural community established by a crew of British officers and sailors (most notably Christian Fletcher) and their Polynesian companions (some of whom were dragged to the island against their will). Unaccounted by the popular culture to the same extent as the Mutiny on the Bounty, the aftermath of this historical event saw a bitter struggle of survival, marred by tensions and conflicts between the British mutineers and Tahitians whom the former viewed as their slaves. As a result, some four years after the arrival, almost the entire male population of Englishmen and Tahitians killed off each other in this power struggle.  The specter of this bitter history looms to this date over the inhabitants of the islands – the descendant of the survivors – who number only 55. In the year 2000., a New Zealand Court has summoned almost the entire male population to face charges for a widespread sexual assault on minor female islanders. In 2013 British Government halted the plan to introduce green energy on the island and replace the diesel generators that provide only 10 hrs a day worth of basic electricity: The £250.000 plan was scrapped because it would entail a cost of £32.000 per inhabitant.