Showing posts with label Racism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Racism. Show all posts

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.

Monday, April 18, 2011

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 2, 2011



A Film by Rina Sherman


Upon her return to South Africa after seven years of exile,

Rina Sherman made

a film about an Afrikaner rediscovering her country.

Exile, what exile?

Exile firstly brings to mind images of flight from physical danger that has become inescapable. Yet, in 1984, I left South Africa without any constraint from the authorities, at least not officially. The sanctions brought against me had been that of psychological intimidation and social exclusion. My exile is above all the result of rupture between an individual and her people, the Afrikaners. What begun as a gradual drifting apart culminated in rebellion when I realised there were only two options left : plunging into the abyss known to those who persisted in their opposition to government policy, or resigning to silence in the face of growing repression. A third option transpired as I looked down from the airplane circling above the urban sprawl of Johannesburg : "This is it, I'm out and I've left for good !"