Chris Burden: A Man Free World
In A Man Free World (2012), Chris Burden illustrates a fantastical concept centered on the formulation of a woman-only human population. This would be made possible through the reproduction of two lesbian populaces living on opposite sides of the Earth: Amazonians and Geordies (here misspelled as “Jordis”), referring to the nickname for someone from the Tyneside area of northeastern England. The creation story behind A Man Free World begins in Newcastle upon Tyne, where the artist’s self-navigating Ghost Ship was docked in 2005. Burden imagines a whirlpool being created in the Tyne River during a high tide and full moon, which magically transports the lesbian Geordies deep into the Amazon, where they procreate with local inhabitants. Burden’s colorful lithograph illustrates this fanciful notion withdrawings and handwritten text that loosely suggest the global benefits of a completely matriarchal society.