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Andrei Molodkin, Yes We Can . . . Fuck You, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Andrei Molodkin

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Andrei Molodkin, Yes We Can . . . Fuck You, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

At the Fifty-Third Venice Biennale, Andrei Molodkin, a Russian-born artist living in Paris, made a splash with his installation Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), 2009. Displayed in the Russian pavilion, it revealed the artist’s signature approach—encasing a hollow sculptural object in an acrylic block and filling it up with crude oil. For this installation he made two miniature replicas of the Louvre’s Nike of Samothrace, adding pumps that pushed crude oil and blood through them. Red and black images of the sculpture were projected full-size onto a wall using small video cameras. Molodkin’s wall text stated that the oil was Chechen, and the blood belonged to a veteran of the Chechen War, turning the installation into a revolt against the post-Soviet cultural establishment’s disengagement from political discourse. Sure enough, the pavilion’s curator scrapped the

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