Plywood, acrylic, wooden sawhorsesCargo and Decoy is colored by the artist’s experience during WWII: He and his contemporaries looked up at the skies anticipating bombs from fighter planes and the impending destruction they would bring. The material choice of plywood is significant as an emblem of reconstruction. The title references the South Pacific cargo cults, which South Pacific islanders perceived as the source of wealth and power of the Europeans and Americans. It was held that if proper ceremonies were performed, shipments of riches would be sent from some heavenly place. The artwork questions realism and tradition as well as the shuffling of geopolitical powers in the construction of ‘modernity’. Cargo and Decoy is exemplary of Chabet’s contribution to the development of contemporary art in Southeast Asia and the complex questions raised that have since shaped contemporary discourse in the region.
《Cargo and Decoy》突出藝術家在第二次世界大戰的親身經歷：他與那一代
組中的地緣政治權力提出疑問。《Cargo and Decoy》是 Chabet 對東南亞當代