Nir Hod, Oligarch Nights, Candles, ongoing
‘OLIGARCH NIGHTS’ is 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.
“‘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.
Votive size: 2.75 x 2.25 inches diameter (at the top)
The candles feature two sultry scents created exclusively for ‘Oligarch Nights’ by Red Flower founder Yael Alkalay:
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.