Lives in Luanda, Angola
The King is Dead! Vive Le Roi, 2017
Binelde Hyrcan’s work spans a variety of media, from film to performance and painting, crossing themes of power, political displays of authority, and issues of migration. Alongside these larger political issues, Hyrcan brings out human vanity and the absurdity of social customs. Humor and satire play an important role in Binelde’s practice. The installation The King is Dead! Vive Le Roi stages the funeral of a monarch, surrounded by a grieving widow and priests dressed in ceremonial attire. The characters in the scene are not human however, but taxidermy chickens. The display intends to ridicule the powerful and to expose expenditure for private splendour.