Series of photographs, performances and installations, 1999-2007
Saloth Sar (1925 - 1998), known by the manes of Brother Number One, Pol, Pouk, Big Uncle, '87', Phem, '99, commonly known as Pol Pot was one of the leaders of "Khmer Rouge" party in the communist Cambodia. Redas Diržys created series of works, titled "Pol Pot", that focused on this secret political figure, which used to hide behind different pseudonyms, mystified his biographical facts and since 1979 has withdrawn from public political life and became inaccessible to the media.
The works are performances, visual and textual quotes taken from the newspapers, texts (in collaboration with Stephanie Benzaquen) and other forms of address. "Pol Pot" reflects upon the mechanisms of visual reproduction and their political implications. The artist uses the technique of drilling the shape of an enlarged image out on the wall.