Danish-Norwegian artist Nina Maria Kleivan seems to have a strange way of expressing art. She dressed up her baby daughter Faustina as the most evil figures of the 20th century to show “We all have evil within us. Even small children are evil towards each other“
Check out the shocking pictures –
In her photo-series called “Potency”, she dressed up her daughter as –
- Joseph Stalin
- Benito Mussolini
- Saddam Hussein
- Ayatollah Khomeini
- Chairman Mao
- Idi Amin
- Augusto Pinochet
- Slobodan Milosevic
- Adolf Hitler
“You need to be conscious that your actions have consequences that impact on your fellow human beings. The people I let my daughter portray didn’t give a damn about the human cost, the casualties, their thoughts caused,” Kleivan says.
“The responsibility is yours alone. You can’t throw it away – as a parent, as human beings – and say that you just followed orders.”
“‘I’m aware that you’re an artist, but this is wrong,’ he told me. I’ve pondered that a lot myself: Could I really do this? I agree it’s on the verge, especially Hitler, whom I and most others view as the incarnation of evil. He and Stalin were the hardest to do. It hurt.”
“I grew up with a tremendous hatred towards the Germans,” Kleivan says, reminiscing about how she would, as a child, carry a note in her pocket with the name of her father’s prison guard, so that when the day came, she could identify him and kill him. “Even though my father stressed that you shouldn’t hate anyone, not least the Germans. Hatred is a dead end.”
“Nobody reacts to any picture other than the one of ‘mini-Hitler’. Even though my generation doesn’t speak out about the war, silently our cultural circle sees Hitler as evil incarnate.”
“Most of her family disappeared in the German camps, I felt so bad telling her it was my work, because she didn’t know, and was sickened by it. But this is not a deliberate provocation, it calls for reflection. Even though comical, you’re not supposed to only laugh at these pictures. You need to contemplate them, ponder where this evil comes from.”
Right now, Kleivan is doing a piece on Stalin’s favorite movie, a “silly, inane comedy.”
“When all you see is a picture, Stalin could’ve been anyone’s kind grandfather. You can’t see the millions of people on his conscience or what a paranoid, dreadful human being he was.”Source: www.haaretz.com
The artist was raised by a father in the Norwegian resistance movement who had been captive in a German prison camp. While having her second child, Faustin, she had serious pelvic joint problems that kept her in a wheelchair for months and that is when she got the idea of dressing her baby daughter as the notorious dictators. Faustin is now 11 years old.
Being a mother, I think it is just wrong to do that, no matter what difficulties you go through, it is just wrong!