2000, printed 2017
(Lebanese, b. 1967)
Pigmented inkjet print mounted to Dibond
Sheet: 76.2 x 50.8 cm (30 x 20 in.); Secondary Support: 76.2 x 50.8 cm (30 x 20 in.); Frame: 78.1 x 52.7 x 3.5 cm (30 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)
Alma Kroeger Fund 2017.194
Walid Raad uses storytelling and surreal images to pose questions about political history and what is true. Here, thistle blossoms in a Middle Eastern botanical guidebook are faces of Soviet leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Leonid Brezhnev. According to Raad, the collaged page belonged to a former Lebanese intelligence officer and botanist who assigned floral code names to world leaders during the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1991).
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