David Lamelas

b. 1946, Buenos Aires | lives and works in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Paris

In the late 1960s, David Lamelas’s practice shifted away from Pop art-inflected sculpture, acquiring a more conceptual focus centered on mass media. He began using video to parody mainstream formats such as television news. In The Dictator (1978), a collaboration with Hildegarde Duane, Lamelas adopts the persona of an overthrown tyrant from the fictional country of St. Ana. The video is staged as an interview in which the reporter’s outwardly hard-hitting questions ultimately serve to affirm its subject’s cult of personality.

Photo: Tomás Nervi

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