Humans need ideologies, and ideologies need humans. Liberalism, capitalism, communism, environmentalism, feminism, religions etc. are all ideologies that influence our ways of thinking. Some of them are chosen by us, others are imposed on us by society. After having lived under the rule of Communists—and some years later, the Nazi State—over a period of fourteen years, I started to develop the "Red Empire" series of paintings, which contains my reflections and impressions on these regimes.