Binelde Hyrcan (Angola) is a multi-disciplinary artist working across painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and installation. His work often addresses the absurdity represented by political and social customs and attitudes, in particular, critiquing structures of power and human vanity. This has included a performance, King, where the artist sat in a cage in the center of Monaco and demanded that by passers push him along.
More recent work includes the film Cambeck, a tableau of four young boys on the beach in Luanda, sitting in sand pits and play-acting roles of power – limo drivers in the front and two wealthy men in the back, talking about their lives, “I’m going to America and live in a building; you’re going to stay here and live in a house made of cans!”. In addition, Hyrcan has worked for some time with taxidermy chickens, dressed as kings, queens, soldiers, and judges. The various characters and arrangements he displays are designed to ridicule the too-powerful and expose delusions of grandeur.
Hyrcan’s work has been exhibited at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice and The Jewish Museum, NY, among others.