Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head
The Gao Brothers, China
The installation titled Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head is part of a series of sculptures by the Gao Brothers depicting the image of the Chinese ruler, Mao Zedong, titled Lady Mao. This super-sized stainless steel sculpture features two iconic historical figures, Chairman Mao depicted as a diminutive Miss Mao delicately balancing on the head of Vladimir Lenin.
Through the use of satire, the Gao Brothers have consciously chosen to play the role of critic to the political environment of their homeland. This sculpture can be read as a narrative, commenting on the relationship between the two leaders and their ideologies, as well as a reflection on the current nostalgic attitude towards Mao.