Danish-Norwegian artist Nina Maria Kleivan has chosen a graphic way of exploring the subject of evil. Kleivan, who herself was raised by a Norwegian father who had spent time in a German prison camp, dressed her baby daughter Faustina up as some of the most evil figures in the twentieth century and photographed her for an art project.
And I felt a little bad dressing up my son as a leprechaun because today is his birthday.
I’m not sold on her disclaimer that everyone has evil in them, even little children. I think what struck me, in an artistic sense, was the juxtaposition of innocent baby as evil dictator. Which made me think, which means . . . it’s art?
Check out the photos at Nina Kleivan’s website and tell me what you think.
Powerful statement? Or despicable?