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Danish Artist Dresses Up Baby As Hitler, Stalin and Saddam

A Danish artist who dressed her baby as Hitler, Stalin and other dictators says her work is necessary to explore the meaning of evil, reports The Mail, London. Nina Maria Kleivan's baby daughter Faustina appears

PTI [ Updated: March 21, 2010 10:26 IST ]
danish artist dresses up baby as hitler stalin and saddam
danish artist dresses up baby as hitler stalin and saddam

A Danish artist who dressed her baby as Hitler, Stalin and other dictators says her work is necessary to explore the meaning of evil, reports The Mail, London.


Nina Maria Kleivan's baby daughter Faustina appears in a series of photos dressed as reviled historical figures from the 20th Century.

The baby girl, just a few months old, poses in a Swastika armband as the Nazi leader, in a beret and fatigues as Saddam Hussein and in a turban as the Ayatolla Khomenei.  

Faustina also appears as Benito Mussolini, Chairman Mao, Idi Amin, Augusto Pinochet and Slobodan Milosevic.



Kleivan told Haartez.com: ‘We all have evil within us. Even small children are evil towards each other.

‘Even my daughter could end up ruling Denmark with an iron fist. The possibility is still there. You never know.'

The artist began experimenting with her ideas after a medical condition kept her in hospital for two months and then in a wheelchair for a further four months.

Unable to reach her studio, she found a canvas in her baby daughter and began sewing the tiny outfits.  

She admitted the Hitler and Stalin costumes were the hardest, particularly after her husband complained after seeing his daughter in a Swastika armband.



She explained: ‘”I'm aware that you're an artist, but this is wrong,” he told me. I've pondered that a lot myself: Could I really do this? I agree it's on the verge, especially Hitler, whom I and most others view as the incarnation of evil. He and Stalin were the hardest to do. It hurt.'

Kleivan's father was a member of the Norweigan resistance movement who had been held in a German prison camp.

As a result, she grew up with a ‘tremendous hatred' of the German's and fantasised about killing the guard who imprisoned her father.



Kleivan insists: ‘This is not a deliberate provocation, it calls for reflection. Even though comical, you're not supposed to only laugh at these pictures. You need to contemplate them, ponder where this evil comes from.'

Slobodan Milosevic, Augusto Pinochet and Benito Mussolini outfits complete the work

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