»Dolls« follows a surreal encounter in the afterlife. There, two leaders of countries of what was formerly known as the 2nd world discover a world entirely different from the one they have known. 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 two characters make no exception. They struggle to come to terms with an afterlife, a post-history, summed up in Margaret Thatcher’s assertion »There is no alternative.«


Dolls


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



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Dolls (installation view at philomena+, Vienna)

Dolls (video still)
Dolls (video still)
Dolls (video still)

Dolls (video still)
Dolls (video still)
Dolls (video still)



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