Mao in Montreal

1981–2006
Burhan Dogancay (Turkish-American, lived in Istanbul, New York and Turgutreis, Turkey, 1929–2013)


Dimensions

60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm)

Accession Number

2011.1744

Medium or Technique

Gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Plates

Signed


Since 1977 Dogançay has traveled the world to photograph walls as canvases of public expression. His pictures capture the accumulations and deteriorations of posters, graffiti, and paint that form collective collages of time. This 1981 photograph taken in Montreal depicts a powerful leader whose weathered portrait might likewise reflect his faded political power or grasp on ideals. While this poster’s life span was limited, Dogancay’s photograph bears witness to a historical turning point, and to the variety of passionate opinions that unfold in the streets.

Provenance

2011, from the artist to an anonymous donor; 2011, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Copyright

Dogancay Foundation