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From Truck Driver to the Political Commissar of the Mounted Troops

LI RAN

From Truck Driver to the Political Commissar of the Mounted Troops

Single-channel video

Black & white, sound, 8’51”

2012

Courtesy of Aike-Dellarco 

 

From Truck Driver to the Political Commissar of the Mounted Troops (2012) vaguely parodies the tear-jerking Soviet film The Fate of a Man (Sergey Bondarchuk, 1959). The linear narrative is once again deconstructed and made irrelevant: what matters are the modalities by which scattered signs echoing a slightly incoherent idea of past (from Bob Dylan’s songs to Russian choirs, country music and Stalinist propaganda) become elements of a precise lexicon and a biting critique to certain mental habits as well as empty intellectual poses. By imitating a certain affected acting style, the artist mocks the nostalgic mood characterizing “culture” at present. In fact, although “it hurts to reminisce”, it is a practice many like to indulge in.

From Truck Driver to the Political Commissar of the Mounted Troops

Li Ran

Artwork Details

Artist:
Li Ran
Title:
From Truck Driver to the Political Commissar of the Mounted Troops
Created date:
2012
Medium:
Single-channel video, Black & white, sound, 8’51”

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