Taras Polataiko Canadian - Ukrainian b. 1966

Artist as a Politician: In the Shadow of the Monument








pedestal, video tape, photographs, negatives, slides, audio cassette tape, letters, newspaper clippings, announcement card, notes
1992

Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection
1993-021

About the work The Hnatyshyn monument was a considerable provocation - "the idealized immigration narrative, a propaganda piece," as he put it in a recent interview in Saskatoon. Note his own account of the source of Artist as Politician: "I was painting a Medusa head and thinking about petrification, doubleness, paralysis of identity....What happens when you actually reproduce the double (of Hnatyshyn's statue) in a public space?" - quotes from Globe & Mail article, Jan. 27, 1996 Mr. Polataiko claims that political notoriety was not his aim at the time. "It got politicized more than I wished, for it was aesthetic, the aesthetics of dealing with an image in a public space, an image in a public space loaded with historical meanings. I was curious to see what would happen if I produced a mirror image," he said. - quote from The Ukranian Weekly, Aug. 3, 1997
Object Name PERFORMANCE ART
Style PERFORMANCE ART
CONCEPTUAL
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Subject CLOTHING
DOCUMENTATION
ETHNIC, UKRAINIAN
FACE
FIGURE
GOVERNMENT
HISTORY
IMMIGRATION
MIRROR
MEN
PIONEERS
POLITICS
PORTRAIT
SASKATOON
SATIRE
SELF-PORTRAIT
SOCIAL GATHERING
STATUE
STILL LIFE
TROMPE-L'OEIL