Danish Artist Dresses Her Baby Like Hitler, Other Evil Dictators
Her husband didn't support the project, and he lost it when he saw a swastika armband on the desk, Haartetz reports.
"'I'm aware that you're an artist, but this is wrong,' he told me," Kleivan tells Haaretz. "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 Jewish aunt also wasn't pleased when she saw the exhibit in Sweden. "Most of her family disappeared in the German camps, I felt so bad telling her it was my work, because she didn't know, and was sickened by it," Kleivan says.
The photo series, "Potency," which also has been exhibited in Denmark, Italy and Germany, aims to illustrate one thing: "We all begin life the same. We all have every opportunity ahead of us. To do good, or inexplicable evil."
A doctor specializing in psychopathy penned a text to accompany a Kleivan exhibition in Stockholm, describing what evil is, its occurrence in men and women and how it affects us all, Haaretz reports.
He also wrote Kleivan that he had been discussing with colleagues whether or not her daughter would sustain long-term mental damage from being dressed up as these modern psychopaths. They decided that she wouldn't, but added, "Nevertheless, I recommend you save this letter."
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.