05 Jun 2011 /


By aman mojadidi

In researching public attitudes towards police corruption and the personification of authority figures by insurgents in Kabul, artist Aman Mojadidi created a performance resulting in the 2009 video installation Payback. In this work, he explores the ease with which one can personify an Afghan National Police (ANP) officer and exercise the abuse of that authority through setting up a fake check-point on a busy public street in Kabul. Simultaneously, he reinterprets the relationship between police officer and vehicle owner by reversing the public's expectations through offering motorists money, rather than asking for a bribe (referred to as "tea money" by the ANP).

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