Artist Dressed Her Baby as Dictators to Explore Evil

“We are all born as a blank slate, who knows who we will become. I wanted people to think about where tremendous evil comes from,” artist Nina Maria Kleivan tells the National Post about her enormously controversial exhibit “Potency,” which debuted nine years ago and is suddenly back in the news because of her new book, Enigma.
Kleivan photographed her four-month-old daughter dressed up as Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Ayatollah Khomeini, Mao Zedong, Idi Amin, Augusto Pinochet, and Slobodan Milosevic—and finally naked—to show that “we all have evil within us,” the artist says.

Category: Exhibits


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