Ukrainian artists Daria Marchenko and Daniel Greene will present a lecture on a series of artworks depicting Putin and war, composed of gun shells, splinters of bombs and rockets, gold, bronze, steel, banknotes, optical glasses, and military shoulder boards, as well as acrylic and oil paints. The artworks in the series “Five Primary Elements of War or the Evolution of Dictatorship” are used as “philosophical images,” showing with the language of symbols something not expressible with words. The series consists of the following artworks: “The Heart of War,” “The Brain of War,” “The Flesh of War,” “The Face of War,” and “The Fifth Element or Man-Shell-Money.” Every work stands alone but is, at the same time, interconnected with the other works, thus creating an overall composition. The pieces “Alchemy” and “Honour” supplement the concept of the series. In these works with the help of art and brush the artists make an anatomical cross-section of history to try to access the hidden depths of its processes, as well as to show the causes of wars and the evolution of dictatorship itself in the form of power dominating over law.
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