An aspic in the form of Vladimir Lenin’s head with a knife in it appeared at the Center of Contemporary Art in Vitebsk.
It can be disturbing and bizarre but it is still art!
The installation titled “12 knives in the back of the revolution” was displayed at the ongoing exhibition “Another generation is another space. The time of women”.
The head of the October Revolution leader is made from a pork kholodets (a jellied meat traditional dish of some Slavic nations) and decorated by ropes and red rags.
Later the creators of the artwork Anastasia Gancharova and Pavel Yurkov decided to stab Lenin’s head with a knife.
“The artifact is edible but tasteless, it is a bit peppery, fatty and gelatinous.
We also used some building materials and silicone. Here you should turn on your associative thinking and imagine its aftertaste – just gross.
Rags is the allusion to torn red banners and bloody streams – everything that happened after 1917,” Anastasia explains.
The artists decided to boil the head, thus expressing the idea that women spend too much time on household chores.
Vitebsk female artists who work with different forms of contemporary art took part in the project.
“While the whole world talks about the October Revolution, we consciously turned to another revolution that has happened in the last 100 years.
We mean the issue of the women’s identity, their role in society and particularly in creativity ,” the organisers of the project said.
Surprisingly, the museum decided to remove the controversial installation three days after the start of the exhibition.
“It’s bad when the society can’t understand the irony. It was not a political action, just a postmodern concept.
The decision to remove an object from an exposition is no more than someone’s fears, ” Anastasia conludes.