I wanted to include the example below as it simultaneously troubles and reaffirms ‘unity’ through the politics of representation and difference.
Abu Simbel 2005 by the artist Ellen Gallagher is a reworked version of a print that hung in Sigmund Freud’s library depicting the ancient Egyptian site of the Temple of Ramesses II. Gallagher uses elements of collage from post-war magazines as well as Sun Ra’s 1972 Afrofuturist (1) science fiction film Space is the Place in which Sun Ra has been sent to earth to rescue downtrodden African Americans and take them back to his astral utopia. Gallagher combines historic and futuristic elements to create a newly imagined mythical universe that is both speculative and critical. The artist describes the work as “a tricked-out, multi-directional flow from Freud to ancient Egypt to Sun Ra to George Clinton.” (2)
(2) Harvard Art Museum, Catalogue Entry http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/art/315230