untitled #6 (Grigori Rasputin) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants
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Christian Tomaszewski

untitled #6 (Grigori Rasputin) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants

2007/2008 / pencil, ink jet print, paper / 71 x 53 cm / no. 0132 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence    Wróć
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“Hunting for pheasants” uses the aesthetics of the classic film poster. Of particular importance is the impact of the Polish School of Posters. A great deal of works present public figures killed in assassinations: Rasputin, Indira Gandhi, William McKinley, Konca Kuris, Martin Luther King, Lev Trotsky. However, these works are not elegies. The artist is interested in the impact of events of major political implications on the collective imagination. Reality is sampled with fiction. Tomaszewski mixes different realities, for example the characters from “Natural Born Killers” by Oliver Stone can be found among true characters. From under Ghandi’s photograph we see the names of French actors. The work depicting Rasputin is designed as a tabloid magazine cover, with hints of constructivist avant-garde. Tomaszewski examines how media space links reality with fiction and shapes the collective memory.
 

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