Mephistopheles Response

Photocopies of Kischinev Pogrom Aftermath, Mark Antokolsky’s Mephistopheles and Pale of Settlement Map, Wood, Foam Core, Paper, Pigment, Plexiglas

A sculptural response to the antichrist figure of Mephistopheles, as imagined and rendered in both stone and bronze by sculptor Mark Antokolsky. Antokolsky saw Mephistopheles as the ultimate personification of evil, and created the sculpture as an antithesis to his Jewish Jesus sculptures, and in direct response to the waves of pogroms that spread through the Pale of Settlement in the 1880s and 1890s.