Dolls

2020, single-channel video installation,* 15 min.

"Dolls" follows a surreal encounter in the afterlife where the protagonists, Mao Zedong and Muammar Gaddafi, discover an unfamiliar world. They face up to the American hegemony, which absorbs and commodifies everything that stands in its way, including its adversaries. Being themselves impersonated by mass-produced action figures—a distinctive part of American popular culture—the characters make no exception. They struggle to come to terms with a post-history, summed up in Margaret Thatcher’s assertion "There is no alternative."