Goshka Macuga

Death of Marxism, Women of All Lands Unite

2013

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On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Goshka Macuga born 1967
Medium
Polyester, cotton, wool, nylon and elastane fabrics and performance
Dimensions
Object: 5620 x 2900 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisition committee 2014
Reference
T14187

Online caption

Macuga places images of women from photographs by Miroslav Tichý (1926–2011) around the London tomb of Karl Marx. Tichý was a Czech artist who took thousands of voyeuristic pictures of women. Macuga moves the women from passive objects of Tichý’s gaze to active participants of a history that excluded them. At times during the display, two female performers will sit on the tapestry and discuss Marxist theory. The title humorously adapts Marx’s famous slogan from the Communist Manifesto ‘Workers of all lands unite’.

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