Children’s classic Alice in Wonderland might be best known for its whimsical original roughs, but Igor Oleinikov’s new series of illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark — a poem from the timeless children’s tale — instead features men in suits and uniforms, transforming the text with a post-apocalyptic, anti-authoritarian spin.
Written in 1876, the nonsense poem was only published in Russia in 1991, where it became a bestseller with over 40 translations and a range of visual interpretations. The poem follows a crew of 10 trying to hunt the Snark (a creature invented by Carroll), which eventually turns out to be a very dangerous Boojum (another imaginary being, coined by the author).
Krasnodar-born, Berlin-based Oleinikov made the illustrations for a book which will be released later this year, accompanying a new translation of Carroll’s poem by Grigory Kruzhkov. The illustrations will also be available to view at an exhibition in Moscow.
The exhibition is running from 14–25 August at Open Klub in Moscow.