This cake is disturbing. But the room full of people participating and watching don't look especially disturbed to me.
That's what rattles me. Not the cake. The reaction. There isn't a face visible in that photo that isn't smiling. A roomful of white folks who don't even have the damn sense to pretend they're not enjoying themselves.
Was it weird that my first thought after OMGWTFSWEDEN was hmm, I wonder what flavor the cake was?
Faced with performance-art-as-trap, she could hardly refuse to participate, that would be an insult to the artist and the event planners, who are probably very good friends of X, Y, and Z very important people. So Liljeroth giggles and jokes while the simulated black body screams in pain as she mutilates it for the cameras and smiling onlookers. What she didn’t quite realize was the degree to which her own life would not be better after this."
The National Association of Afro-Swedes calls for the resignation of Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Roth after she refused to engage with a piece of performance art by a prominent black feminist artist which protested the practice of female genital mutilation, during a celebration of World Art Day. The artwork's creator talks a bit about the piece.
the cydonian: Was just reading a good opinion piece on this at The Guardian.
facetious: it's a thought-provoking piece, funny, shocking, absurd, and very, very frightening and serious all at the same time. it doesn't have to be just one thing. actually i think a lot of the piece's effectiveness comes down to that very mixture.
the fact that one aspect of my overall reaction to this piece was to consider it funny does not mean that i am racist, or sexist, or that i condone either racism or sexism, or that i am not shocked and utterly horrified by real female genital mutilation, or by the genocides that have been committed against africans by europeans, or anything else. sorry.
It is difficult to see how women who are victims of FGM, or black people for that matter, can benefit from this contribution to the degradation and humiliation of black women.
« Older Start Ups: This is how Design works.. A guide for ... | How to read a paper is a serie... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt