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Your Leader Could be a Tyrant, How to Tell


Inspired by the rise in ultra-nationalism and worldwide threat to democratic ideas and principles, Your Leader Could be a Tyrant, How to Tell incorporates silhouetted images of each tyrant with hand-stamped text about their peculiar habits, statistical information about their rule, and accompanying texts discussing common traits of dictators. Originally conceived as a companion to Your Co-Worker Could Be A Space Alien from 1985, this book mixes humor and horror to underscore our contemporary reality.

KaKeArt is the collaborative team of Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner. KaKeArt produces ironic, politically charged works including postcards, artists’ books and public interventions. They have worked together since 1983 and published 20 artists’ books, numerous installations, and public interventions.

They have been awarded residencies at the Visual Studies Workshop, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, Bogliasco Foundation, The Hessische Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany, University of Southern Maine, and The Sirius Arts Center in Ireland, among others. Additionally, they are the recipients of the New York Foundation for the Arts grants and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. They have served as jurors and panelists for a variety of national and local arts organizations. 

KaKeArt are co-founders of Women’s Studio Workshop (with 2 others). They exhibit regularly around the country and abroad.

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