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    about a lot of things here.

    Unlike you I know next to nothing about modern art (and art generally) and don´t care about it,  so I prefer to not be very opinionate about this, and mainly just read.

    Even without any knowledge of modern art, I share this impression:

    With performance artists, especially, one never knows where the boundary of the piece actually lies.
    There is so often a doll inside a doll, public´s reaction is part of the game, and any criticism and scandal appear to be worn as a badge of honor by the artist; a sign that his provocative art is "working".

    I agree it´s a damnfool thing for a politician, not least a minister, to get herself involved in such provocative art. I think she acknowledged this herself, and anyway she will be feeling it through the embarrassement the photo is causing her.

    Appears that she is reviled by part of the art world in Sweden, so to expose her as a "damn fool" may have been part of the art project.

    There is a good background information here

    The whole thing was carefully planned, a “mousetrap” as one Swedish artist puts it. And based on how much traction the picture of the event has garnered, it was a very efficient mousetrap indeed.

    I’m left wondering – whatever the artist himself says – if the intended artwork here is not the cake, nor the performance, but the picture. Because what Makode Linde and Marianne Lindberg De Geer have produced is a picture which is incredibly powerfully laden with symbolism of colonial exploitation.

    The all-white crowd, laughing bayingly and taking pictures while the African Other screams in anguish.

    I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Barack Obama

    by Mariken on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 04:18:28 PM PDT

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