ALL DICTATORS WEARS MUSTACHES
Graphite on paper
Black paper cuttings
Video in loop mode
It is a series of ten drawings that shows various characters who are historically identified with “power”. On the one hand, they relate to supposed contemporary democracies, and on the other to dictatorships or totalitarianism.
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 multiple forms and modifications. The characters are transformed and their traits mix, thus resignifying the “aesthetic” and political sense of each one.
A game is created between disguise and portrait; disguise hides totalitarianism under democratic features and at the end, whatever the country or the time of each, they all seem to be equal, playing the same power game.