Lengiz!, after Rodchenko, 2007
Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
Small size: 122 × 172.7 cm
Large size: 180 × 256.5 cm
The work is an appropriation of the work by the Russian constructivism artist and photographer Alexander Rodchenko.
Lilia Brik was ‘the muse of the Russian avant-garde’ and a favourite model of many great photographers of those times. Rodchenko was introduced to her by the famous Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, who devoted almost all of his love lyrics to this woman, including his poem ‘Pro Eto’ (‘About That’). But it was her participation in the ‘Lengiz’ advertising poster by Alexander Rodchenko that made her a really widely known.
Vik Muniz. Russian Project. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Oct 2007–Feb 2008
Vik Muniz. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2007. pp. 166–167