The Prospect NY debuts ‘OLIGARCH NIGHTS,’ a votive candle set by Israeli artist Nir Hod. A response to the sordid power structures manufacturing our global contemporary state, Hod titled each of the candles with a provocative name: in gold-filled lettering, “Natasha,” “Tatyana,” “Svetlana,” and “Melania” seduce from the obsidian-black façades of each candle.
Conceived nearly four years ago, the ‘Oligarch Nights’ candles prompt associations between power and language, foreignness, gender, and sex. With particular resonance today, the “Melania” candle casts light on connotative compulsions toward power, and the vulnerability that complicates those trajectories. Collectively, the candles are light against dark, and evoke themes like fragility amongst aggression, or tender sensuality in the vulgar throes of lost innocence.
“‘Oligarch Nights’ refers to the fragility of identity,” says Hod. “We live in a time when everything is so extreme and dangerous. These names represent something beautiful and powerful, but at the same time gentle, tragic, and precarious.”
Aligned with Hod’s artistic ethos present in infamous projects like The Night You Left and the Genius series, the sophisticated design of the stark black, four-candle set evokes a reverence to luxury, self-referentially proliferating and challenging the mass appeal of indulgence.
The candles feature two sultry scents created exclusively for ‘Oligarch Nights’ by Red Flower founder Yael Alkalay:
As Hod notes, “You can only see the existence of light in the dark.”
As Seen In:
Moscow Leather: Notes of Balsam wood, Amber Resin, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Clove Bud, Star Anise, Eucalyptus, Cade, Rock Rose
La Femme Noir: Notes of Yuzu, Bergamot, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Gardenia, Incense, Amber, Oud, Vetiver.