Nothing is sacred in Victoria Tsarkova’s new series and show, No Politics. Just a Joke. She has taken key figures from the world of politics and culture, mashing them up in unexpected ways which are highly satirical, funny and even a bit offensive. The 20 works recently featured in her current show near Moscow is drawing an enthusiastic crowd.[see_also]
The project objective, according to Victoria, was to make people smile and to relieve tension, creating that result using a strong political and cultural context. Few divisive leaders seem to have escaped her talented hands: we see Russian President Vladimir Putin as hard-drug user Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi as Mother Teresa; and the Queen of England as Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Tsarkova puts finishing touches on her portrait of Berlusconi.
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