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Mohammad Rawas (Lebanese, B. 1951)
Mohammad Rawas (Lebanese, B. 1951)

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Mohammad Rawas (Lebanese, B. 1951)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
signed and dated 'M.El.Rawas 2010' (lower right)
photos, wires, plastic doll, wooden toys, oil, acrylic, and encaustic on multi layered plywood panel
39 x 39 x 2 1/3in. (99 x 99 x 6cm.)
Executed in 2010

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Lot Essay

The title of this work One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is based on a novel written in 1962 by author Ken Kesey. The plot's antagonist mobilizes an internal coup against the authoritative nurse in charge of a ward in a mental hospital. Regulation and oppressive control reign over the helpless patients fighting for their independence. Mohammad Rawas in this work presents a political allegory commenting on power, authority, and individuality on what appears to be a satellite image of his hometown Beirut. Rawas's depiction of simulations, and heroes extracted from pop culture is reference to modern day warfare.
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