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'Siamese Twins' with its artist Alla Tkachuk featured as the 'Image of the Week' in The Times's Art Review, 23 Sept 2003
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Siamese twins Stalin/Hitler double portrait Painting

Alla Tkachuk

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Wood

Size: 48 W x 76.4 H x 2 D in

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The ‘Siamese twins Stalin/Hitler double portrait’ is part of 'The 20th Century Dictators' series (2002-2009). The photograph of the 'Siamese Twins' together with artist Alla Tkachuk featured as ‘The Image of the Week' in The Times' Art Review. For the image Alla was named the 'Critic's Choice' by Saatchi Online in 2007. ‘The 20th Century Dictators' series was exhibited at Crone Gallery in Berlin in 2007. ‘The 20th Century Dictators' series is a set of paintings, floor adhesive prints, posters, wallpaper design, billboard, and animation that explores the images of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Mao Zedong and Stalin in contemporary context going beyond the historical or documentary analysis. The animation 'Christ is Not an Aryan' - that includes this work - was screened on Europe’s largest digital screen in 2007 on top of the Axel Springer Building and was dabbed as “one of three things to see in Berlin” by Bild newspaper (Germany) and BZ Magazine (Germany) at the time of the screening. The series' artworks form 7 exhibition environs: • Environ 1: Full length life-size paintings of naked Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Stalin, and Franco • Environ 2: ‘Heads’, as floor-adhesive vinyl prints, and 48-sheet billboard 'Dictators TM’ • Environ 3: ‘Torsos’, posters • Environ 4: 'Limbs Composition' prints accompanied by 'organic sounds' activated by motion-sensing technology • Environ 5: 'Group Portrait' wallpaper, which covers the walls of this environ space, and animation ‘Christ is not an Aryan’ • Environ 6. Double portraits • Environ 7: 'Memorabilia Shop' where audience ‘buys into' the dictators by purchasing various merchandise: cups, bags, scarfs, coasters. For more information, please visit the artist’s website: http://allatkachuk.com/

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Painting:Oil on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:48 W x 76.4 H x 2 D in

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Artist Alla Tkachuk explores the notions of human identity and the social dimensions of art. The 20th Century Dictators, 2004-07, is a series of paintings, floor adhesive prints, posters, a wallpaper, textile, 48-sheet billboard and animation. Going beyond the historical or documentary analysis, the series explores images of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Mao Zedong and Stalin in contemporary context. Portraits of Prince Charles, 2001-02, were created following a sitting at Highgrove. The portraits including the 'Black Prince' and 'Prince of Cool' featured on the front pages of The Times (UK) and Bild (Germany), as well as in ITV and BSN reports, Der Spiegel, Hello, Jackdaw Art Review, and other press and media. ‘Black Prince’ became a cover of the literary magazine Der Freund (Germany) and won the Lead Award's Gold Medal ‘The Best Magazine Cover of 2005'. National Portrait Gallery (NPG, London), 2002-06. Alla curated her seminar series on modern portraiture ‘The Changing Face of Portraiture’ at the NPG debating how portraiture can escape the shackles of convention with leading artists and critics such as Maggi Hambling and Tim Marlow. The Times (UK) was the series’ Media Partner and wrote: ‘Alla Tkachuk believes that radical new concepts are needed in portraiture today. She would like to encourage 3D digital and installation portraiture, has invited [to the seminars] a cosmetic surgeon to discuss his work ‘as an artist', commissioned a ‘sound portrait’ and offered herself as a living portrait to grace the walls of the NPG’. (The Times, 13.06.06). '5D Instigative Heads', 2004-08, is a pioneering experimental work that transforms the production and consumption of representational art through digital technologies. The ‘Heads’ are 3D scans of facial expressions painted in oil (texture maps) and then digitally merged, moulded and deformed in space and time (3D modelling and animation), integrated with electro-acoustic landscapes and augmented reality, printed in 3D and projected. Social Art Project MASK, 2006-18. Alla believes in the social dimensions of art. Art should empower people and help them to work towards a common goal. It should deal with issues directly rather than simply express them. In 2007, she set up a social art project MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) to strengthen creativity of young people in Africa to enable them to effectively solve problems and bring change.

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