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Print - "War Card"

"War Card"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    2002 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lamanova, Natalia, born 1964 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    digital prints on perforated paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 227

Natalia Lamanova is a Moscow-based artist who works both in graphic and digital media. Stamps are central to her work. She is a leading exponent of mail art ( in which the postal system is used as media) and has produced numerous decorative compositions in a philatelic format, including this work, entitled "War Card". The sheet follows a traditional format. It comprises a small sheet of stamps, repeating the same images, and included the perforations that are required to separate the stamps from each other and the selvedge that marks the edge of the sheet. However, as in so many of the 'stamps' produced by herself and her partner, Alexander Kholopov, the work focuses on a portrait. This one appears to be of Kholopov, both as a grown man and a child .The image may have been made from an identity card used while he was serving in the armed forces; it also contains images of fingerprints and missiles. In any event, reflecting back on the man's childhood and with the air of the portrait medallion medal, sometimes awarded posthumously, it has overtones both of the fragility of life and of military oppression.

Physical description

sheet of 9 stamps ( 3 complete and 6 'half' stamps) printed on a sheet of perforated paper with 4 vertical and 4 horizontal lines of perforation. The 3, central full size stamps capture three, five-pointed stars; in the centre of each is printed an oval frame containing a portrait of a man. full face, with moustache and beard (the artist's partner, Alexander Kholopov?).
The smaller stamps in the strips above and have a similar but much smaller design, with a child (or young man?) in a frame inside a five-pointed red star. The background to these images is a compound of writing, lettering, ruled lines etc., resembling the patterns on bank notes. Each lettered with the postal value of 25 kopeks. Predominant colours red, blue and black.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)


2002 (made)


Lamanova, Natalia, born 1964 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

digital prints on perforated paper

Marks and inscriptions

2002 "War Card" 11/30 Lamanof [sic]
Lettered with the date within the design at the bottom of the right margin. Inscribed with title, edition no. and signed in pencil along lower margin.


Height: 12.6 cm sheet, Width: 21 cm sheet, Height: 9.5 cm printed surface, Width: 17 cm printed surface

Descriptive line

"War Card", Natalia Lamanova. Artist's stamp, Russian, 2002.

Labels and date

Natalia Lamanova works in graphic and digital media and often makes prints in stamp format. The prints are arranged like sheets of conventional postage stamps, with perforations for separating the individual stamps and a selvedge marking the end of the sheet. These images come from a passport photograph of the artist and photographs of her partner, Alexander Khopolov, perhaps from his military identity card. Issues of national identity and the limits of state control are brought to mind. [22/10/2016]

Subjects depicted

War; Mortality; Identity card


Prints; Portraits

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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