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Kiss Goes The Queen, And Other Portrait Mashups From Russian Artist Victoria Tsarkova
December 3, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth II/Gene Simmons from Kiss

If you find any of these drawings by Russian artist Victoria Tsarkova offensive, check the title of the exhibition they're from: 'No Politics. Just A Joke'.

Tsarkova told that she "couldn't care less about politics." And in fact, she has refused to give titles to any of the works, and she doesn't refer to the subjects by name.

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo from 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'

For instance, this looks a lot like a picture of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, the president and prime minister of Russia, respectively.

But Tsarkova says they're just "two guys" portraying "characters from the 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' movie starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro."

Moammar Gadhafi as Captain Jack Sparrow

Instead of making a political statement, the artist says "the point was to diffuse a highly charged political atmosphere in the world."

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as Mother Teresa

As for her future plans, Tsarkova says "next time I'll switch from politics to show business."

Pope Benedict XVI as Heath Ledger's Joker

Steve Jobs as Jesus Christ

Joseph Stalin as The Terminator


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