The sentencing of the Chinese journalist Shi Tao to ten years in prison for leaking state secrets has two disturbing aspects.
Political storms follow the management of natural disasters with the inevitability of flash floods after a hurricane. The who to blame question makes the most noise in a disasters aftermath, but immediate, finger-pointing reactions often identify the wrong culprits.
The images accompanying this article come from the Wyspa Institute of Art exhibition “Dockwatchers” inside the Gdańsk shipyard.
From the exhibition catalogue:
“With ‘Dockwatchers’, happening alongside the official celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Solidarność, Wyspa targets beyond officially represented history. It asks about oral histories, cracks in memories, abandoned visions and desolated heroes. "Dockwatchers" addresses the person, the individual, caught up in political and historical processes, whose personal memory is inscribed in collective experiences, the official representations of history and various forms of commemoration and mythologisation.”
It is not just the levees of New Orleans that are weak. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, George Bushs predicament reveals serious breaches in the way the American government works weaknesses that result from the domination of sectarian conservative politics in the countrys administration and culture.
The aftermath of the coastal catastrophe in the United States is deeply instructive about the nature of United States politics and society.