The topography of islands make them the perfect territories to be conquered: surrounded by sea and approachable from every angle.
My obsession with islands intersected with my obsession with language and translation as forms of appropriation. For this reason, I started a collection of stamps of islands that are current colonies.
Stamps are an official type of currency used to set authoritarian governance over any given territory. Using language and imagery related to the nature of a specific place, stamps identify the governance of any given land. The imagery resembles the botanical expeditions of colonial movements and sometimes documents not only the botanical nature but the human nature as well. The imagery is at the same time hauntingly beautiful and deeply violent.
This form of exoticization and appropriation is still used by a handful of nations that still claim more than 100 islands all over the world as their own.