The legendary performance "Golden Anti-Tanks", successfully shown in New York, Washington, Cannes, Moscow and Seoul. The performance is based on... Read More
performance "Golden Anti-Tanks", successfully shown in New York,
Washington, Cannes, Moscow and Seoul. The performance is based on the
conviction of the Russian peacemaker and public figure Lucky Lee that public
diplomacy works wonders. Only the frantic propaganda of politicians exposes the
inhabitants of other countries as aggressive and hostile people, but in
personal communication this artificially created image of the enemy is
artist Lucky Lee is an important figure in the international art space. Since
2013, he spent more than four million dollars of personal funds on a variety of
peacemaking campaigns designed to reconcile Russia and the United States as the
main geopolitical players of our time.
Russian threat in performance is reduced to absurdity and grotesquely beaten
with a fair degree of self-irony. Smiling girls in golden dresses, stylized as
tanks with peacekeeping symbols on board, detonate firecrackers and burn
confetti into the air. They selflessly dance to the balalaika on which their
leader plays. “Everyone is afraid, the Russians are coming, they are already
here!” A cheerful man in a red coat and a golden shako commands the parade. He
has a pronounced Asian appearance, which does not stop him from declaring
without any embarrassment: “I am Russian, only my eyes are narrow!”
meaning of the performance lies in the close communication between the artists
and the audience, during which everyone can see how friendly and peaceful these
“terrible Russians” are. Perhaps, to complete the stereotypical “Russian”
image, only a bear with earflaps is lacking, but this is the point: performance
is perceived as something new and exciting, causing unconditional interest
among people around, dancing to funny music and thereby becoming participants
in this colorful action.
So the wave
of peacemaking starts: the audience shares their impressions of the performance
with their friends and acquaintances, and the image of the evil Russians
threatening the whole world with their weapons is dispelled as untenable.
can be repeated at any time and for any audience, both in the open air and
indoors, in an expanded, or truncated composition of dancers.