April 17, 2012

Art needs to be provocative – Makode Linde

10:06 pm in art,art events,conversations dustin hostetler

I’m not really interested in talking about politics on this blog, but I am interested in talking about this. I’ve watched the below video a few times, and my mind is just completely fucking blown. Swedish artist Makode Linde during his performance piece on female gentile mutilation.

From his FB page: “Documentation from my female genital mutilation cake performance earlier today at stockholm moma. This is After getting my vagaga mutilated by the minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Before cutting me up she whispered “Your life will be better after this” in my ear.”

Before doing any research on the project, all I could think was “what the fuck? this is amazing!”  But now after a little digging, I’m finding that there is QUITE the uproar taking place in Sweden. There are calls for the Minister of Culture to step down. There are posts on his FB page from people around the world, expressing their disgust on what they view to be racist exploitation on the part of the artist AND the attendees of the event at Stockholm’s Moma. That being said, I’m still all  “what the fuck? this is amazing!” about this project.

Why? Because it has people talking about the disgusting practice of female genital mutilation AND it’s provided me one of the most disturbing and fascinating scenes in recent memory. I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about Makode Linde as time progresses. And I for one am looking forward to it.

update 4/23/12: a great post about the project...


1 Comment »

  1. I agree with every word you said. I am grateful that you have the the intellect and insight for seeing the value of what Makode Linde has brought to light through his art. I am a sociology student (US) and if it would happen that after I graduate my career of choice will be to be a professor Makode Linde’s art and the world’s (multiple socities) reaction to his art will be discussed in my classroom. Makode Linde blows my mind.

    Comment by Lucy Sosa — April 23, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

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