Roee Rosen is a painter, filmmaker, and writer whose work interrogates structures of power, trauma, and evil. His often grotesque, macabre, and obscene works evoke a sense of realism in the face of the structural violence of a world where victims turn perpetrators and terror bears the name of the rule of law. Rosen’s Vladimir’s Night is the imaginary final writing by Israeli-Russian artist Efim Poplavsky (1978–2011)—known by pseudonym Maxim Komar-Myshkin (“the mosquito-mouse”), a fictional figure created by Rosen. Poplavsky, who committed suicide in 2011, is described by Rosen as a Jewish immigrat to Israel from Russia who suffered from severe paranoia, believing that Putin himself wanted him dead. The album Vladimir’s Night is an act of personal revenge calling upon the aesthetics of Soviet children’s books for aid.
8 1/4 x 12 inches / 174 pp / 68 b&w and 39 color
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GALERIA LABIRYNT, POLAND