Martin Neumaier’s collages and works on paper interrogate the imperialist and colonialist tendencies of the Western world, particularly in relation to the artist’s German identity. In his carefully constructed works, the artist grafts exacting geometric shapes and found images onto the pages of 18th- and 19th-century books. Neumaier’s work encourages a sense of cognitive dissonance and historical reflection through its combination of indigenous and colonial iconography. He includes outdated ethnographic texts and images and appropriated imagery recalling philosophers such as Theodor Adorno and Immanuel Kant. He has also worked in sculpture and has shown work across the European continent. Since 2011, the artist has taken research trips to countries formerly occupied by Germany, including Papua New Guinea and Lithuania, where he was an artist in residence at the Nida Art Colony.