This small portrait shows the German-American political publicist theorist and publicist Hannah Arendt. She seeks and fixes the viewer's gaze through the smoke of her casually held cigarette. This smoke seems to be a metaphor for the thicket of thoughts and philosophies through which Arndt Scharfsinn clears a path for herself and us. Wolff works here again with a coloured aura surrounding the small floating picture.
In her main work "Elements and Origins of Total Rule", Arendt expanded the Marxist concept of imperialism to include the dimension of racism and criticizes the reduction of the struggle against capitalism to purely economic issues. The political driving force of imperialism was the attempt to divide humanity into "master and slave races", into "black and white".
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