• Ivan Brażkin, Rebel Karaoke, 2011
  • Ivan Brażkin, Rebel Karaoke, 2011
  • Ivan Brażkin, Rebel Karaoke, 2011

The Rebel Karaoke installation refers to one of Ivan Brazhkin’s earlier works entitled Voice of the Streets (2010). Voices of the “oppressed”—people that capitalist society does not wish to hear—are brought into the exhibition space. Spectators are bombarded with demands and complaints from striking workers, speeches and comments from political rallies, and slogans chanted at demonstrations. The streets march into the gallery space, and the downtrodden can speak out at last. Rebel Karaoke is also a socio-politically-themed work, based on a DVD of footage from fairly recent political events worldwide—demonstrations, protests and rallies—all recorded as karaoke. The installation confronts politics with entertainment: spectators get the chance to “take part”, in solidarity with the demands made during events they were never involved in, and can blend in with the crowd of protestors and assume a political identity

Year: 2011
Medium: interactive video installation
Format: 11:45

Acquisition: purchase
Ownership form: collection
Source: Ivan Brażkin
Index: MSN: 4300-11/2012
Acquisition date:
Financing source: Purchased with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage