• José Maçãs de Carvalho

    Museu de Angra do Heroísm

    One of the works that best defines the practice of the Portuguese artist Jos. Maçãs de Carvalho is To President (Drinking Version), 2005–2008. This is a video that manipulates a well-known sequence from the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, set in 1911, in which the character portrayed by Marilyn Monroe toasts then-president William Howard Taft. Maçãs de Carvalho altered the clip in which Monroe murmurs the phrase “To President Taft” as she raises a glass of champagne; the action repeats itself endlessly as the subtitles replace Taft’s name with those of contemporary political leaders

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