"The song inspired me to dream on the theme "Lenin is alive, he is more alive than all the living" 15 years ago," Voligamsi has told Interfax on Thursday.
The artist imagines the leader of the world revolution didn't die in 1924, but abandoned politics and started living as a good Muslim because his relatives were of Bashkir origin. Then "renovated Lenin" begins associating with his fictitious twin-brother Sergey and goes on Hajj to Mecca and even writes a work entitled “Islam as the last hope of revolution”.
"I imagine Lenin as an ordinary villager sitting near his peasant's house and smoking tobacco he grew with his own hands in the garden or married to three women or going to Mecca late in life because I think that every atheist has his way to God and Lenin could have found this path," the artist says.
The author's fantasy goes on: Lenin is hiding away in Latin America during World War II where he consults Castro and Trotsky on various questions and he spends the last days of his life with his family in Zurich, where they have an antiques boutique.
The artist realized his unusual project in 2005 when he made 21 photo collages. He used hundreds of authentic old pictures in his work and turned them to "real fantasy" with Photoshop.
"No one saw any mockery in such a creative presentation and vision of Lenin's life. He was an ordinary man and could have lived the way represented by the artist," the Bashkir Union of Artists told Interfax.
AN UNOFFICIAL ALBUM
Vladimir Ulianov (Lenin) and his less known twin brother Sergey. Ufa, 1874
Little Lenin goes to the river to drown a cat with kittens, 1880
Vladimir with twin brother Sergey. Ufa, 1885
Sergey with his wife Zukhra. Yabalak village, 1888
Lenin with his three wives on the way to Ufa, 1899
Lenin delivers Party cash, 1906
Lenin sharpens an axe, 1905-1906
Vladimir Lenin and brother Sergey in the Kremlin, Moscow, 1918
Sergey and daugther Natasha crossing the Finnish border, 1925
Lenin in Switzerland, managing his and his brother's antique shop. Zurich, 1937
V. Lenin and L.Trotsky. Kokokan, Mexico, 1938
Lenin with his final manuscript, Islam as the Last Hope of the Revolution. Baghdad, 1946
Lenin performs hajj to Mecca, 1949
Lenin in Havana, helping Fidel with the revolution, 1959
Lenin in his backyard garden. Santiago de Cuba, 1964
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” Vladimir Lenin
“It is true that liberty is precious - so precious that it must be carefully rationed... When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward - or go back. He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.” Vladimir Lenin
Pursuit of Happiness (Labored-for Private Property):
“The way to crush the bourgeoisie (middle class) is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” Vladimir Lenin
Comrade Lenin wrote many informative party documents, but none so treasured as a recently discovered early document he wrote when he first realized the need for a collective as a way to address unequal distribution of other peoples goods. His document was envisioned right after bathing with Sergey’s wife Sukhra. After meditating on her gams for several hours he theorized that his brother’s possession of Sukhra was bourgeoisie and thus should be subject to the collective, which at that time consisted of him, a bath tub, two bottles of potato vodka and 5 beets.
Have a happy Earth/Lenin day Comrades,
Your Friendly Spiritual Adviser
Grigori Efimovich Rasputin
Thanks for the reminder Red Square. He gets cranky when I don't call him on his Birthday.
Grigori E.R.Such a lovely fantasy. Imagine dear Lenin still among us, but it's 2010 and we all know such things are impossible. No such miracle of Soviet science could be possible!
Not imagination! Vradimir Irych Uryanov Renin stirr arive and hearthy. It a Triumph of Sociarist Medicine(tm). Arive arso are Mao Tse-tung, Karr Marx, Friedrich Engers, Chao En-rai, Ho Chi-minh, Josef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili Starin, Nikita Kruschev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Constantine Chernenko, Enver Hoxha, Josep Broz Tito, Por Pot, Frankrin Derano Roosevert, Woodrow Wirson.
My Comrade Daddy, Kim Ir Sung is stirr arive too! How you think I get arr my advice?
But sadry, some comrades are dead. Fider Castro, Hugo Chavez, Vradimir Putin, Danier Ortega, Harry Reid, Nancy Perosi, B. Hussein Obama Jr, Hirarry Crinton, Birr Crinton, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Eric Horder, Barbara "Carr Me Madame Chairman" Boxer and that Aran Grayson asshore from Orrando, Frorida. Yes-yes, arr dead! They just appear to be arive but rearry they just broodsucking braineating zombies stumbring from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.
Oh yeah, Saur Arinsky is arive too!
Kim Jong Irrin'
Lenin is alive and well thanks to injections of hormones taken from the glands of orphan boys in Romania. Once we begin harvesting these precious bodily fluids in earnest all Inner Party members will have access to this technology.
Thank you for all you have done to the world to make it a workers paradise!
As The Father of the Revolution I am sure you are very proud of Comrade Obama, him being the Son of the Revolution and all....
I honor of your birthday I shall go around freely punching capitalists in the face and laughing at them.
Well I mean more so than usual.
Here lived from Feb. 21, 1916 to Apr.2, 1917 - LENIN, the Führer of the Russian Revolution
Hier wohnte v. 21. Febr. 1916 bis 2. April 1917 – LENIN – der Führer der russischen – Revolution.
English or Russian would be acceptable.
Oh and of course a huge gold statue of The Obama (PBUH) in his front lawn 50 feet high depicting him 'spreading the wealth around' to the poor downtrodden masses.
As far as can be told, the Actual Caption to the Photograph Of Our Sainted Leader was a short 4-line Poem that was written by He Himself. The poem reads:
"Here I Sit
Unfortunately, the remainder of the poem is illegible, but it is clear that Comrade Lenin is brokenhearted over the irrational intransigence of the counter-revolutionaries in our midst. The photograph is nevertheless a True Inspiration For All Comradely-Thinking And True-Believing New Soviet Men!
Now, excuse me Comrades, while I return to my
Yo, might I have use of the Boss' Zil next week for a Party Drive-by? You don't have to worry about me letting Ted use it like last time.
Scratching on lid of coffin.