Ville Mäkelä: Иван V ( Ivana V)

A critical and timely work about the cruel cycle of despotic rule which perpetuates itself as tyrants amass power through fear.

Throughout history, the vicious cycle of oppressive rule has repeated itself as leaders utilize fear to seize and maintain power. From ancient times to the present, Russia and its neighbors have found themselves ensnared in this harsh reality time and again. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine serves as a stark example of this cruelty.  

This work serves as a poignant reminder of the consequences of silence in the face of such abuses. It urges us to speak out against tyrants and demand accountability. With each act of violence, it becomes increasingly evident that we must confront these oppressors to break free from their grip. Depicting a tyrant as a clown in this portrait aims to challenge the audience's perception, compelling them to recognize the absurdity and peril of non-democratic power. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Led strip, plexiglas, wooden frame.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
700mm x 1000mm x 50 approx. Not adjustable.

Please provide the dimensions of the work for mailing / sending. Approximate size will do:
1000mm x 1000mm x 1500mm approx.

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
The piece is framed like a painting so it needs to be hung like a painting.

Minimum height of the space:
1,5 m

Minimum square meters of the space:
Doesn't matter.

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
The space is recommended to be relatively dark.

Building time and people required (estimate):
1 hour with 1 people.

Artist's presence:
Guidance can be provided for building.

Seen before at:
Flow feastival, helsinki, 2022, Reflektor, Vantaa, 2022


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