‘Whatever Happens, We have got, the Maxim Gun, and They have not ’ 2021 Relief print with Silkscreen on Fabriano Artistico, hot pressed, 300 gsm (Published by South Atlantic Press) 67 x 126 cm
This title is a quote from The Modern Traveller (1898) by Hilaire Belloc. This satirical poem lampooned the European explorers in Africa and the colonialists with their idea of European superiority. The Maxim gun was an early machine gun that helped colonial expansion in Africa by effectively outgunning the local warriors. During the First Matabele War in Rhodesia, 700 soldiers fought off 5000 Matabele warriors with just 5 Maxim guns.