Gosha Ostretsov

Criminal Government - Cell 999

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Criminal Government - Cell 999
Gosha Ostretsov
Criminal Government - Cell 999
2008
Mixed media
Dimensions variable

His Criminal Government cells hold realistic figures in bloodied business suits, some with limbs missing and all with slightly terrifying abstract-shaped heads. Crude graffiti and symbols of interrogation and torture (bare light bulbs, cut-off hands) abound. In this fantasy comic-book world, government officials, usually acceptable ‘baddies’, are dehumanized and punished, or pushed to suicide, like prisoners of war. The bluntness of cartoon language is used to invert real-life situations and unveil such horrors.

The comparatively sober Wounded Deer, with its mask-like head and arrow turned into antlers, is playfully reminiscent of decapitated communist-era statues, of pieces found and nominally re-arranged into a junkyard-style re-formation of history.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández


     
 


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