Contemporary Provocative Art Inspired by Masters like Gottfried Helnwein and Jake and Dino Chapman We should never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides Reflections in Art: The Evils of Extremism and the Power of Unity The theme of our exhibit revolves around the egregious harm inflicted by extreme ideologies, a darkness that stains our past and still casts shadows on our present. Some of my images are scary as the world is a scary place As the artist of these powerful images, my intention is to remind us all of the intense pain that such attitudes have inflicted upon humanity. Through these artworks, I am unmasking the faces of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance that dominated and fuelled the vile machinery of the Stalin and the Hitler regime and the Holocaust. In the words of Primo Levi, an Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor, "It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say." (Levi, 1986) This sentiment mirrors the purpose of my artwork. They echo the voices of the innocent children brainwashed into an ideology of hatred, of parents led astray, of the millions of lives extinguished. Let's not forget the historical truth: an estimated six million Jews were systematically exterminated during the Holocaust, with countless more people persecuted due to their ethnicity, political beliefs, or sexual orientation. These extreme ideologies were not confined to the walls of concentration camps. Today they are back again but this time in China imprisoning Muslims and desidents. The medical experiments, the mass sterilisations, the horrors unleashed in hospitals under the guise of 'science' - all represent an unspeakable abuse of human rights. (USHMM, n.d.) We see the same fanaticism echoing in other atrocities such as the Rwandan Genocide, where neighbours turned against neighbours, the Armenian Genocide that witnessed a planned and systematic annihilation, and more recently, the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar, all sprung from the seeds of extreme ideology and hatred. But this collection is not just about exposing the gruesome reality of the past. It's about our present, and more importantly, our future. The image of immigrants standing at closed doors, of societies fractured by fear and bias, is a critique of our world today, where governments often claim ownership of the earth rather than stewardship. In the words of Desmond Tutu, "My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." (Tutu, 1999) We are all human, sharing the same basic rights, the same earth. The notion of diversity should not be a tool of division, but a celebration of our shared humanity. As the artist, I call for a responsible society that embraces assimilation with respect, where the integration of cultures and traditions is not seen as a threat but as an enrichment of our collective human experience. To conclude, these images are a plea for us to learn from our past, to recognize the signs of extreme ideologies, be it left or right, and strive for unity. They remind us that we must not become passive spectators but active participants in shaping our world. After all, art is not just an expression, it is a call to action. The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything ― Albert Einstein