Marcel Dzama, ‘The Revolution Will Be Female’, 2017, The Kitchen

Courtesy of the Artist and David Zwirner.

Conceived as part of an exhibition at La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Marcel Dzama’s lithograph and silkscreen prints draw from social protest slogans like “The Future is Female” and “La Revolución será feminista o NO será.” Dzama’s iconography ranges widely, from comic book imagery to avant-garde provocation—and features a reference to Rudolf Schlichter and John Heartfield’s Prussian Archangel (specifically, the effigy of a German officer with a papier-mâché pig’s head), which famously hung from the ceiling in the 1920 Dada Fair exhibition in Berlin. –Courtesy of The Kitchen


Signature: Verso

Image rights: Courtesy of the Kitchen and the Artist.

About Marcel Dzama

Often compared to outsider artist Henry Darger, Marcel Dzama’s small ink and watercolor drawings of hybrid characters, like humans with antlers or trees with hands, resemble story illustrations. Interspersed with a range of references including Surrealist film, Dadaism and Soviet-era agitprop, his work more often recalls folk and craft storytelling traditions, showing that simple narrative can be an intricate, compelling contemporary art-making strategy. Dzama also works in sculpture and video and has experimented with puppetry and costumes. His work has been used on the covers of a number of music albums for bands such as They Might Be Giants, Beck, and The Weakerthans; and his costume designs have been seen in music videos, including the video for the Bob Dylan’s When the Deal Goes Down.

Canadian, b. 1974, Winnipeg, Canada, based in Brooklyn, New York