Who are You, Mr. Lenin? (2020)

Painting, Oil on Canvas 
Size: 103 x 83 cm | 51.1 x 32.6 inch
$2,700
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Artwork Details

The canvas is mounted on a supported wooden frame and sold ready to hang.
The painting is not framed. The edges of the artwork are painted. It is signed, titled, and dated on the back.

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About the Artwork

This is an oil painting on the found pre-existing soviet-era Lenin portrait which I found at a flea market.
A special place in my work is occupied by a series of artworks in which I reinterpret iconic symbols of the USSR, including modified pre-existing soviet-era portraits of Lenin and other Soviet leaders. In that project, I try to overcome the traumatic historical experience of Ukraine by transforming the sinister shards of the USSR into something funny and not scary. As a result of redefining these soviet portraits, I erase the propaganda and ideological meanings of the image while endowing it with decorative qualities.
For many Ukrainians, Lenin is a dictator and murderer who initiated an occupation of our country in 1917-1921 and killed millions during the genocide of Ukrainians in 1921–1923. From that time until 1991, Ukraine wasn't free.
Like numerous old soviet-era propagandistic images of Lenin, the ghost of a monster country called the USSR is still here. Lenin's successor from the Kremlin tries to destroy an independent Ukraine and pull it into Moscow's deadly hug.

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