Inherent within this work "Make-Believe" are carefully constructed dialectical arguments of optimism vs. pessimism, history vs. modernity, and reality vs. idealism.
Because of its sometime diaphanous definition, the very term 'revolution' is used to advance different agendas, both personal and political. Corrupting this idea of revolution is the competition for power, memory and identity by those who seek to own and define the past as a concrete fact of what truly was.
"Make-Believe" deals explicitly with how the Soviet Union sought to institutionalize its revolutionary ideology in ways both big and small. And how in the process, the very ideology it sought to consolidate, got transfigured into an entirely new and pervasive ideology devoid of meaning.
Looking at the Soviet Union presents an opportunity to examine intangible signs of Soviet ideology as it continues to pervade Russian society to this day. Russia's sense of nationalism, power and xenophobia, and ever-present machinery of surveillance and censorship are legacies of the Soviet political machine. But now, instead of the subterfuge of state and ideology, it continues to serve an elite power structure hiding behind guises of capitalism and reform.
Through sculptural objects those signs are made tangible and exposed, laying bare the insidious and often comical apparatus of Soviet ideology as it still persists today.