"There are no tyrannies that would not try to limit art, because they can see the power of art. Art can tell the world things that cannot be shared otherwise. It is art that conveys feelings."

 - Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine 

When Faith Moves Mountains

(c)Oksana Chepelyk - photo: Sergey Illin
Улюблені іграшки лідерів / Leaders’ Favorite Toys, 1998-2003
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In both the film and performance, the artist herself consecutively impersonates three characters: Lenin, Hitler, and Einstein. She cuts up plush toys and makes wigs or moustaches from their stuffing to look more like this or that character. The voiceover reads fragments of Sigmund Freud’s works on the influence of early sexual experience on subsequent life (during the performance, the quotes were projected onto the screen behind the artist); the works include pictures of these historical figures as young children. Each section is interspersed with fragments of videos from the installation entitled Piece of Shit.