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Citizens

Curator: Neta Gal-Azmon 6.4.2017 - 5.8.2017

The point of departure for Cristina Lucas's video is Eugène Delacroix's famous painting, Liberty Leading the People, which depicts the July Revolution in France (1830) in allegorical terms. Lucas begins with an accurate reconstruction of the iconic image, which seemingly froze a heroic moment for eternity, fasting it forward by means of a state-of-the-art technological medium, to expose the continuation of the plot. Delacroix's composition is centered on the figure of Marianne, the allegorical Liberty, who hoists the revolutionary tricolor flag representing Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. As in history's relay race, Lucas's positions elaborate on Delacroix's, discussing not only the virtues of the revolution, but also its ugly sides, its costs, and the dark side of liberty.
Delacroix, who advocated the values of the revolution, described the revolutionaries not only as bleeding heart idealists, but also as unrestrained mob that charges on while stepping on dead bodies on its way to victory. Lucas continues this by exposing a shocking occurrence: the mob from Delacroix's painting, the one led by Liberty, turns its back on her, cruelly lynching her. The values of revolution and liberty, Lucas's work implies, may be contrary to man's nature, which is evil from his youth, threatening to surface when authority weakens.


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