The Toy Republic

Review by 701 Center for Contemporary Art 701 Whaley St., Columbia – South Carolina

The Toy Republic is inhabited by Rulers, Bureaucrats and Toy People. Within this hierarchical system, Farfán presents narratives about a class-conscious society and the plight of its people. To some degree, Farfán’s Toy Republic may recall Plato’s best known work, The Republic, in which the Greek philosopher records the ponderings of Socrates and others about politics, virtues, happiness, ethics, and the “order and character of the just city and the just man.” In her three-tiered imaginary republic, Farfán creates a reality that poses similar questions about justice, injustice and virtues.

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