Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum (CAM) is currently showcasing sculpted works by South African artist Jane Alexander. The exhibit “Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)” features child-like humanoid figures, mutated or masked, shown both as the oppressor and the oppressed. It’s Lord of the Flies in a zombieland Gap Kids store.

On the surface Alexander’s work is an attack on Apartheid and the imbalance of living conditions it created in South Africa. But it also speaks to mankind’s tendency toward violence and power, how such behavior has the ability to undo our evolution as a species — i.e., humans manifesting their base animal instincts. I could try to describe it further, but after two minutes in that room nothing I say will matter. This CAM exhibit is both free and unforgettable.

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