"Deadman Monologue is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story The Portrait of 1842. In this work a man describes himself entering the room and laying down on his bed. Settling in under the sheets he begins to bemoan the world. Then, with a surly attitude, the deadman tells the awful tale of his ruin. As he narrates the tale of the cursed portrait and the moral dilemmas of being a painter, his absurdist invective unveils the misappropriation of art under capitalism."
Image: Lily Hibberd, installation detail, 2009.