Thursday, April 21, 2011

The autodafé by extremists - Andres Serrano's Work Destroyed

 La lettre de la Photographie reports:


Thursday 21.04.2011

The autodafé by extremists

Sunday, two photographic works by the American artist Andres Serrano were destroyed by hammers by two visitors who managed to escape. Among the two works was one photograph entitled “(Immersion) Piss Christ”, showing a crucifix submerged in the urine of the artist.

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ANDRES SERRANO - I Take Pictures -

- VOICES Meetings with Remarkable People

Andres Serrano talks to Rina Sherman about his work as a fine arts photographer and a religious antiques collector.


See also the report in Frontrow D Magazine:

A Nun Defends Serrano’s “Piss Christ,” Which Was Attacked on Sunday

By Peter Simek  
April 20th, 2011 3:55pm
It wouldn’t be Holy Week without a good, old fashioned religious art controversy. This year’s is quite troubling, indeed. According to the Guardian, on Sunday, a group of “French Catholic fundamentalists” attacked Andres Serrano’s controversial work, “Piss Christ,” in the city of Avignon as part of an “anti-blasphemy” campaign. The piece is a photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s own urine.

The piece had been the subject of controversy for decades, and was recently a point of reference during the controversy over the censoring by the Smithsonian of a work by artist David Wojnarowicz that some Christian activists found offensive as well.

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And the Guardian Reports from Paris:

Attack on 'blasphemous' art work fires debate on role of religion in France

    Piss Christ by Andres Serrano

    Andres Serrano's Piss Christ has been destroyed by Christian protesters in Avignon, France, after weeks of protests.
    When New York artist Andres Serrano plunged a plastic crucifix into a glass of his own urine and photographed it in 1987 under the title Piss Christ, he said he was making a statement on the misuse of religion. Controversy has followed the work ever since, but reached an unprecedented peak on Palm Sunday when it was attacked with hammers and destroyed after an "anti-blasphemy" campaign by French Catholic fundamentalists in the southern city of Avignon. The violent slashing of the picture, and another Serrano photograph of a meditating nun, has plunged secular France into soul-searching about Christian fundamentalism and Nicolas Sarkozy's use of religious populism in his bid for re-election next year.

Welcome Bienvenue ! A Presentation by Rina Sherman

Dans le cadre de la manifestation Afrique du Sud, musiques de liberté (Grande Halle de La Villette, mai 1995), j'étais commissaire du parcours audiovisuel, dont une présentation d'images d'archives proposée sur grand écran à l'entrée de la Grande Halle. Cette présentation, Welcome - Bienvenue !, était composée d'images ou de séquences de films sur l'Afrique du Sud. La direction de la manifestation avait obtenu l'autorisation des ayants droit (réalisateurs et ou producteurs) pour l'utilisation de leurs images pour cette présentation pour un usage non commercial.
Cette présentation figure ici comme une simple trace de mon travail et n'avait pas été où n'est en rien commercialisé. Elle est disponible uniquement sur ce site consacré à mon travail. Les noms des ayants droit des différents films figurent dans le générique de fin de la présentation.

Nelson Mandela's Release from Prison
For the Exhibition Afrique du Sud, Musiques de liberté (Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris, May 1995), I was curator of the audiovisual displays, of which a presentation of archival images displayed on a large screen at the entrance of la Grande Halle. This presentation, Welcome - Bienvenue !, was composed of images or sequences from films on South Africa. The management of the exhibition had acquired permissions from the rights owners (Directors and or producers) for using their images for this presentation for non-commercial usage.
This presentation figures here as a simple trace of my work and has never been commercialised in any way. It is made available only on this Web site dedicated to my work. The names of the rights owners are listed in the end credits of the presentation.

Demolition of Homes

Steven Bantu Biko
Biko's Funeral
Return from Robben Island

The images presented here are video stills from the presentation Welcome - Bienvenue !

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eugene Jardin, Portrait of a Sculptor, A Film by Rina Sherman

A Film by 

Rina Sherman

16 mm, 7 mn, 1983. Production : Art Cinématographique Artisanal

Portrait of the late Eugene Jardin, South African born sculptor, who lived on the US West coast, filmed during a return visit to Johannesburg in 1983 for an exhibition of a series of portraits of David Hockney, Woody Allen, Jody Foster and the likes...

Monday, April 18, 2011

PARIS OF MY EXILES, a Film by Rina Sherman

A Film by Rina Sherman

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Jean Rouch

Paris of My Exiles
Following seven years of communal life with the Ovahimba in Namibia and Angola, Rina Sherman is back in Paris, city in which she took up exile from South Africa in 1984. Her return coincides with the death of three close friends: Jean Rouch – filmmaker, mentor and pal, Didier Contant – grand reporter and âme sœur, the Headman of Etanga – patriach of her Omuhimba family and father of her life.
Rina Sherman brings to the screen an urban poem about urban life through a her thoughts on human rights, freedom of expression, the cinema and her return to city life, following and intense and rich encounter with an African family whose values and ethics are intact.

 Jean Rouch

In a timely blend of opposing and associating image and sound, philosophical ideas and everyday observation, Rina Sherman captures at once the specificity and the contradictions of Parisian life of the early 21st century.

For the first time, Rina Sherman turns her gaze on Paris, city where she chose to settle in exile from South Africa in 1984.

As Sherman journeys through Paris, drawing on an astute balance of everyday observation and the evocation of the larger issues of our time, such as racism and anti-Semitism, the obvious reference that comes to my mind is Jean Rouch - Sherman is a Rouch protégée - and his landmark film “Chronique d’un été”, co-signed with Edgar Morin.

An I-Fiction, a flâneur film par excellence!

Paul Kaufmann, Jr.
New York, July, 2009

Bantou Éducation, Un film de Rina sherman

Bantou Éducation" est un aperçu intimiste d'un certain monde africain à Paris. Sud Africaine, styliste, Meisie Mosimane ou Sister Bucks, vient à Paris pour faire confectionner des vêtements par des couturiers maliens installés dans le quartier de la Goutte d'or. Sans parler un mot de français et, avec seulement quelques adresses en poche, Meisie se retrouve perdue à Denfert Rochereau le jour de son arrivée. C'est le début d'une aventure parisienne qui va durer deux semaines...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Antics of the Artists - Bouffonneries des artistes, A Film by Rina Sherman

A Film By Rina Sherman

16 mm, 7 mn, 1983. Production : Art Cinématographique Artisanal

Around the pool an array of creatures move about. A scene of the famous novel "Seven Days at the Silbersteins" by Etienne Leroux to the music of Peter Klatzow, "Still-life with Moonbeams".

Autour de la piscine, un tableau de créatures se meuvant. Une adaptation libre d’une scène du célèbre roman « Sept jours chez les Silbersteins » d’Etienne Leroux, avec de la musique de Peter Klatzow, « Still Life with Moonbeams ».

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