ALL DICTATORS WEARS MUSTACHES

2017

  • Graphite on paper

  • Black paper cuttings 

  • Video in loop mode

It is a series of drawings that shows various characters who historically identify with "power"; on the one hand, with supposed contemporary democracies, and on the other with some dictatorships or totalitarianisms.

Each character has specific features that represent him, such as a mustache, a certain type of hairstyle or accessory. I extract these attributes, turning them into a simple black paper template. Portraits are placed vertically on a table, on which the templates are also placed. In a supposedly childish activity, the viewer is invited to modify the portraits, adding to each "dictator" different types of mustaches, hairstyles or accessories, forming and transforming the character according to his taste and imagination.

The table with the drawings is accompanied by a video in loop mode, where the portraits are followed in their multiple forms and modifications.

The characters are transformed and their traits are mixed together, re-signifying the "aesthetic" and political sense of each one. A game is created between disguise and portrait; disguise hides totalitarianism under democratic features and in the end, whatever the country or the time of each, they all seem to be equal, playing the same power game.

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/ Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/ Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/ Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/ Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/ Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/ Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017

ALL DICTATORS WEAR MUSTACHES/ Graphite on paper, black paper cuttings/ Variable measurements/ 2017