King Leopold Soliloquy by Elisabetta Benassi
NERO is glad to present King Leopold Soliloquy by Elisabetta Benassi. The artist’s book by Benassi is a faithful reproduction of the original pamphlet edited by Mark Twain and published for the first time by The P. R. Warren Co. in Boston in 1905. The original book is a work of political satire about King Leopold’s rule over the Congo Free State – a monologue in which Leopold speaks in his own defense. The artist’s book, which also includes miscellaneous attachments collected by the artist, is part of the work M’FUMU, installation and performance, produced for Personne et les Autres: Vincent Meessen and guests, group exhibition curated by Katerina Gregos for the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015.
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