The Propeller Group presents their series of altered original oil paintings of Lenin at Art Basel Hong Kong exploring the public memorialization of revolutionary political leadership post Cold War in the context of hyper-capitalism as it hinges on the verge of the cult of personality and celebrityhood.
The Propeller Group have commissioned hand-embroidered interventions on original painted portraits of Vladimir Lenin that once hung in regional Communist Party headquarters across the U.S.S.R. With the addition of various hairstyles spanning Leonardo DiCaprio’s filmography, the revolutionary leader’s equipped for contemporary superstardom. Drawing from Internet conspiracies about DiCaprio’s being a lost relative of Lenin, the series addresses the political ramifications of representation and celebrity idolatry. As culture blogs report that DiCaprio will play Lenin in a rumored film, The Propeller Group will continue the series throughout the actor’s career until the two figures are united in a Hollywood historical drama, collapsing history and identity. This last painting in the series will be entitled: Lenin as Lenin in Lenin.
May 15–18, 2014