In world politics, conventional wisdom has often coupled hyper masculinity with power. Thus, the more masculine you appear and act, the more powerful you are perceived. Turning this notion on its head, artist Saint Hoax has re-envisioned some of history’s most powerful figures in a dragged out light in the series “War Drags You Out”.
The artist began the series in June 2012, and while it appears to be a lighthearted take on the pomp and showmanship of global politics, Hoax has received numerous death threats. Said Hoax, “I began working on the “War Drags You Out” series last June. Initially, I was painting the drag queens on canvases. I began with the infamous Bin Laden. I completed the painting last November and I got in touch with a curator that asked me to anonymously display the painting in Zarnegar Park (Kabul, Afghanistan). As risky as it sounded, I agreed to his request. I then announced that the art show will take place on the Feb. 11 via YouTube.”
“I received over 70 [death] threats in my inbox deterring me from showcasing the [original] U.S.A.M.A [Osama Bin Laden] painting. Quite frankly, I got worried. Luckily, instead of shipping the original painting I sent the curator a faux painting and it got lost. The curator emailed me saying that it was destroyed in the Kabul International Airport.”