Religion Gone Wrong, Again.

Immersion, aka Piss Christ
Piss Christ R.I.P

Religion Gone Wrong, Again.
Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ was attacked and destroyed on Palm Sunday. This was after days of “extremist harassment.” The day before “…around 1,000 Christian protesters marched through Avignon to the gallery. The protest group included a regional councillor for the extreme-right Front National, which recently scored well in the Vaucluse area in local elections. The gallery immediately stepped up security, putting plexiglass in front of the photograph and assigning two gallery guards to stand in front of it.

But on Palm Sunday morning, four people in sunglasses aged between 18 and 25 entered the exhibition just after it opened at 11am. One took a hammer out of his sock and threatened the guards with it. A guard grabbed another man around the waist but within seconds the group managed to take a hammer to the plexiglass screen and slash the photograph with another sharp object, thought to be a screwdriver or ice-pick. They also smashed another work, which showed the hands of a meditating nun.

The gallery director, Eric Mézil, said it would reopen with the destroyed works on show “so people can see what barbarians can do”. He said there had been a kind of “inquisition” against the art work.”

Serrano defended his photograph as a criticism of the “billion-dollar Christ-for-profit industry” and a “condemnation of those who abuse the teachings of Christ for their own ignoble ends” -Angelique Chrisafis,

On this one, I’m with Serrano. They have a a right to protest (even if they are wrong.) They have a right to email and call and use their collective (idiotic) personal power to try to enact change. But destroying an Artwork because it challenges a way of thinking?

I’m an Atheist. More accurately, I’m an Apatheticist. I don’t know if there is a God, and I don’t care. I’ve got other things to worry about. If I marched around with a mob protesting Christian Artworks and trying to destroy them people would be horrified. But I don’t. Because I’m not a fundamentalist asshole. But apparently there more than enough out there.


The full story goes into detail of the politics and their effect on the area. It’s both an interesting and depressing read. If you have the stomach for it, here it is Attack on ‘blasphemous’ art work fires debate on role of religion in France by Angelique Chrisafis in Paris,, Monday 18 April 2011.



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