Misunderstandings

2018
Artist's book, 15 x 23 cm, 298 pages

The island Tahiti was symbol of Paradise on earth to eighteenth-century visitors. Reports of the harmonious  Arcadian life of its inhabitants, particularly women’s beauty and sexual availability, contributed in creating
the Tahitian myth. The very first dictionary of Tahitian language (1851) however, offered a completely different insight. The myth of Tahiti turned out to be based on misunderstandings; wars, strong hierarchy, even human sacrifices and cannibalism were parts of daily life.