Józef Robakowski

In the Art Is Mighty! work, the artist juxtaposed a broadcast of a Soviet army parade with the music of the Slovenian band Laibach. Under Communism, the parade at the Red Square in Moscow commemorating the October Revolution was broadcast on the anniversary of the event in Eastern Bloc countries. In the video, this monumental propaganda spectacle is subjected to appropriation and deconstruction by being combined with a dramatic avant-garde song, sung in German. Robakowski’s piece confronts a reference to the two twentieth-century totalitarianisms with a commentary on the power of art as a propaganda tool. The video belongs to a group of the artist’s works entitled by him “the re-documentaries from the TV-set”, which commented the social-political situation in the groundbreaking 1980s.

Sztuka to potęga!, 1985, wideo 9'36"
Art Is Mighty!, 1985, video 9'36"

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Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

Sztuka to potęga!, 1985, wideo 9'36"
Art Is Mighty!, 1985, video 9'36"

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Courtesy of the artist

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz
Sztuka to potęga!, 1985, wideo 9'36"
Art Is Mighty!, 1985, video 9'36"

Dzięki uprzejmości artysty
Courtesy of the artist

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz