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© Paul McCarthy/Bildupphovsrätt 2019 © Mike Kelley/Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Paul McCarthy
Born 1945
United States

Mike Kelley
1954 - 2012
United States Family Tyranny, 1987
Video, color, stereo sound
8:07 min
Moving Images
Purchase 1993
MOMVi 70 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Paul McCarthy’s performance works address profoundly psychological issues of fear and desire. He often parodies powerful men, in public and in the family. “Family Tyranny” originated in a grant given to Paul McCarthy to make a video about child abuse.  Access to a local TV station for a couple of days enabled him to create both films, “Family Tyranny” and “Cultural Soup”, which are often shown together. A stage set was built to resemble a sitcom studio. McCarthy invited the artist Mike Kelly to participate in front of the camera on one of the recording days. His instructions were simple: Kelly would play the son and McCarthy the father. There was no other script.
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